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Friday, April 6, 2012
Jason Terry wants to boost his stat line

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- Mavericks sixth man Jason Terry has posted at least 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in three consecutive games.

"That's my average," Terry said following Friday's morning shootaround in preparation for tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. "I'd like to do 20-5-3 for three games in a row, see if I can get that done. I know we've got a great chance to win if I do that. Just got to be consistent."

Terry hasn't put up 20-5-3 this season. In fact, Terry's scoring 20 points or more doesn't necessarily correlate to winning games. The Mavs are just 5-4 in those games.

Perhaps he knows of a formula that is more important to posting W's.

"More importantly for us tonight is coming out and guarding," Terry said. "When we get out and guard and get after it and don't allow teams to get comfortable in our building, we're pretty damn good."

The Mavs guarded in the second half of Wednesday's 95-85 win against Memphis, holding the Grizzlies to 34 points -- 17 in each quarter. Yet in both games of this three-game homestand, Dallas has not defended well in the first half. On Monday versus the Clippers, the Mavs trailed 47-33 at halftime and proceeded to lose the game 94-75.