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GAME 6 Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 96 at Portland
Gerald Wallace scored 13 of his 32 points in the first quarter, but Nowitzki did him one better with 33 points to close out a tough first-round set.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
GAME 1 Mavericks 96, Lakers 94 at Los Angeles
Following a 21--2 run, L.A.'s 16-point third-quarter lead at Staples Center wasn't enough, as the Mavs bounced back with a 20--6 run of their own to steal Game 1 on the road.
GAME 2 Mavericks 93, Lakers 81 at Los Angeles
The Mavs cruised to an easy victory that ended with Ron Artest's ugly foul of J.J. Barea with just 24.4 seconds to go.
GAME 3 Mavericks 98, Lakers 92 at Dallas
For the second time in three games the Mavs staged a comeback. This time they erased a seven-point deficit with a little more than five minutes to go, bringing the Lakers to the brink.