It got rough. It got nervous. There were gnawed fingernails and rending of clothes. But the guys found strength, got stops when they needed them, made threes, got to the line, and wrestled the younger and 'tougher' Blazers to the mat. That's one down and 15 to go, and we've got a playoffs-edition Dirkie all polished and ready to go. First playoff bling of the year needs a home. How about it?
Player of the Game, Round 1, Mavericks v. Trailblazers... you vote here!
Jason Kidd -- the Iron Houdini with 24 points
Tyson Chandler -- running with LaMarcus
Jason Terry -- 10 points, 3 assists, 2 steals
Dirk Nowitzki -- 28 and 10, even with bad shooting
Brendan Haywood -- backup five with 2 and 6
DeShawn Stevenson -- toughness plus five points
Shawn Marion -- defensive pest