- Brian James
ESPN Insider Brian James provides a scouting report update. To read his previous scouting report on this series, click here.
Keys in Game 5
Mavericks: This has been one of the weirdest series I've seen in recent memory. It began with four straight road wins. Each game, the team that won the first quarter lost the game. The Mavericks lead the series 3-2 and their 103-100 victory in Game 5 on Monday marked the first time in the series that the team with the most rebounds won. Game 5 came down to the last shot and Dallas was very fortunate to receive a missed non-call and an almost errant inbounds pass in the last minute that could have spelled doom.
But Dirk Nowitzki's dunk with 20 seconds to play and the balanced efforts of Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Michael Finley gave Dallas the "small ball" edge. All scored in double digits and made critical plays in helping the Mavs win. Terry even added seven assists and committed just one turnover.
Dallas had six players score in double figures and had the "small ball" edge in Game 5. Houston needs a complete effort if it wants to even the series.