Mavericks rebound to take series lead, 3-2

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-82 Monday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 20 rebounds - his most ever in
a playoff game - and Jason Kidd had 14 assists to make sure Dallas
bounced back strong from blowing a 23-point lead over the final 14
minutes of Game 4.
Now the Mavericks have two days to rest up before trying to
close out the series in Game 6 on Thursday night in Portland. It
won't be easy as the Trail Blazers have won all four meetings there
this season.
History is certainly on Dallas' side to pull out the series. Of
the previous 157 series tied at 2, the Game 5 winner has come out
on top 83 percent of the time.

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