This was the Mavs' highest-scoring game of the series. It was also their most efficient. The shot 50 percent from the floor and committed a series-low nine turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki had by far his best shooting night of the series, going 11-of-17 from the floor en route to a game-high 33 points. Jason Terry had his third spectacular performance of the series, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and dishing out eight assists.
Thank goodness for the Mavs that Gerald Wallace was sidelined for the second quarter with tightness in his back. They couldn't find a way to stop him all night, as he scored 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge had to work hard for his 24 points, going 11-of-25 from the floor, including 4-of-15 when matched up against Tyson Chandler. Portland scored 34 points in the fourth quarter, but the Mavs came up with two clutch defensive plays: a block by Dirk Nowitzki and a steal by Jason Kidd.
It seemed to be a questionable decision to have Jason Kidd rest for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Trail Blazers kept chewing into the Mavs' lead. However, it could be argued that the decision paid off, as Kidd came up with a clutch 3 and steal after checking back into the game. The Mavs mixed in enough zone to prevent Portland from taking advantage of its size mismatches in the backcourt. Andre Miller went out with a whimper, scoring only five points on 2-of-7 shooting.
This would be a career night for a lot of players. It was just another outstanding playoff performance for Nowitzki. He scored 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out four assists and had a big blocked shot in the fourth quarter. He responded to Chris Johnson's flagrant foul with a scoring flurry that keyed a 13-2 run that tied the game in the second quarter. Then he served as the Mavs' closer, swishing eight free throws in the final minute to cap a 14-point fourth quarter.