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Peja, Kidd lead Mavs past Blazers; Dallas up 2-0

By Jaime Aron

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 19 2011 10:25 p.m. MDT

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, center, goes up for a shot as Nicolas Batum (88) and Brandon Roy, right, defend, in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Dallas.

Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

DALLAS — Peja Stojakovic tied his career playoff best with five 3-pointers and had 21 points, and Jason Kidd continued showing off a surprising scoring touch with 18 points, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 101-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 33 points in the final quarter for Dallas, which hadn't won the first two games of a playoff series since the 2006 NBA finals.

Portland led most of the first half, but the Mavericks went ahead on a 3-pointer by Kidd seconds into the second half and never trailed again. Dallas spread out its scoring, tightened up its defense and protected the ball — zero turnovers the final 28:42.

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