Matthews scores 25 as Blazers beat Mavs 97-92 in Game 3Posted by Inside Hoops
The AP reports:
Wesley Matthews had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Mavericks 97-92 on Thursday night to narrow Dallas’ lead in the first-round playoff series to 2-1.
Jason Terry had 29 points coming off the bench early for the Mavericks, including five 3-pointers.
The Blazers led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Dirk Nowitzki hit consecutive jumpers to make it 87-81 midway through the period…
Aldridge finished with 20 points for the sixth-seeded Blazers, while Brandon Roy had 16 off the bench.
Nowitzki had 25 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Mavs…
Portland went ahead 85-74 in the fourth after consecutive 3-pointers from Batum and Gerald Wallace.
InsideHoops.com notes: The Mavs shot 51.5%, the Blazers 48.0%. Portland nailed 8-of-14 from three-point range, while Dallas hit 9-of-22. Rebounding was even, and assists were pretty close, but the Mavs had 16 turnovers, the Blazers just nine.