APRIL. 13, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward J.J. Hickson (21) , Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and power forward Brandan Wright (34) battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. The Mavericks won the game 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
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The Dallas Mavericks are without point guard Jason Kidd who is sitting out a scheduled rest night, and the Mavericks are doing just fine without Kidd as they lead the Portland Trail Blazers 56-41 at the half. The Mavericks got off to a fast start in the first quarter by going on a 15-4 run, and they have not trailed once.
The defense for the Mavericks has shut down the Blazers offense and is holding them to 38 percent shooting and only 3-of-12 from three-point range. Nicolas Batum is leading the way for the Blazers with 14 points and is the only Portland player shooting at least 50 percent at 5-of-8.