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Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews (2) defends and Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, rear, of Germany, looks on in the first quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — 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.

Jose Barea's layup closed the gap to 93-87. LaMarcus Aldridge answered with a jumper for the Blazers, but Nowitzki came back after a free throw with a turnaround jumper to make it 95-90 with 42.8 seconds left.

Jason Kidd made a long jumper with 12.9 seconds to go but Dallas couldn't catch the Blazers.