Mavs in control
Dallas — The Dallas Mavericks recovered from the embarrassment of squandering a 23-point lead against the Trail Blazers, taking command of their first-round playoff series with a determined victory at home.
Now they must break this season's losing tradition at the Rose
Garden and exorcise the demons of playoffs past to get past the
The Mavs hold a 3-2 advantage in the series that shifts back to
Portland on Thursday. Dallas got control of the series with a 93-82
victory at home on Monday.
The Mavericks have yet to win in Portland this season. Both
teams held home court in four meetings during the regular season,
and both have stayed that course in the playoffs.