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Carlisle said Parsons had "something happen in the first half." Doctor said he is "structurally fine." Watching it closely.
Five most frequent lineups tonight for Dallas. Four of them positive. One was -16.
BB King's Blues Club on a Saturday night? Why yes. Yes we did. http://t.co/RHW86sQZQ4
Rockets up 1-0 after 118-108 win. James Harden with a 24 pt, 11 asst performance. Dirk had 24 for the Mavs, Tyson 11 pts & 18 rebs
McHale praising Capela, saying he works very hard and nothing seems to faze him. Sounds like he's gaining some trust in the rookie.
"Our bench was huge tonight," -Rockets coach Kevin McHale
People who wait until game is over to talk trash = super insecure. Thanks for letting yourselves be known!
Suddenly deadly deep threat Corey Brewer and Chandler Parsons' bad wheel a much bigger story lines, in my not very humble opinion.
DeMarcus Cousins has officially gone fishing. http://t.co/zd0GWkNNQ3
Save your Harden FT hot takes. He shot 4 on intentional fouls to end the game. He beat the Mavs mainly on kick outs not cheap FTs.
Harden, who drives to the rim relentlessly, shot 17 FTs. No other Rox shot > 4. Maybe Mavs should have made sure Dwight/Smith shoot more.
Dwight Howard hasn't won a playoff series since 2010. That drought could end this year.
Each Game 1 loser has reasons to be optimistic. I'd say Milwaukee should change the least and Dallas the most, but curious what ppl think
Tomorrow the season begins, here is an little preview of what to expect http://t.co/L47nULYCgq
My dog Beans asleep, dreaming that he's Underdog, flying upside down. http://t.co/480L8Hrnaj
Not saying it was the free throws, just found those numbers interesting. Dumb passes and mental lapses seemed more impactful.
Here come Mavs fans who believe Dallas would be undefeated in the Cuban era if not for the refs.
Harden gets the opponent's total focus. He didn't shoot well, Dwight played 17 min and Rockets still scored 118 points.
Goal stands. Jets lead Ducks, 1-0.
Plenty of heroes tonight: Ariza (12 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast), TJones (19 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast), Terry (4-7 from three) and Brewer (15 pts) all huge.
James Harden goes for 24 and 11 and 2 TOs in 38 minutes (plus 15) and some people think other players carried HIM to Game 1 win. LOL.
Pardy tucks one in for Jets, but Stempniak was in the net. Might not count. Officials discussing
Jason Terry set the tone early as he finished with 16 points.
Chandler Parsons went 5-15 in 36 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points on 10-14 shooting.
Houston 118, Dallas 108. James Harden with 24 points and 11 assists in the series opener. http://t.co/zV2AlPG2jk
Final: Rockets 118, Mavs 108. James Harden 24 points, 11 assists Dirk 24 points, 8 rebounds
Rockets win, 118-108 to take Game 1 and we got streamers coming down.
If Parsons is banged up, DAL in serious trouble. Need him to make Harden work a ton on D.
Rockets go up 1-0 against Dallas in the first round of the playoffs with a 118-108 win tonight. Game 2 is Tuesday night.
FINAL: "Not a very good team" 118, Mavs 108. Harden 4-11 FG, Dwight in foul trouble... doesn't matter. Rockets roll to 1-0 series lead.
I know Harden gets credit for dragging a bunch of random dudes to a 2-seed, but it's possible Houston's a genuinely good team, right? BK
Key takeaway is Dwight looked fantastic. Rondo was great for a quarter, still just kills their spacing. Had some success on PNRs w/ Dirk.
Rockets got a lot out of Terrence Jones tonight. He has 19 points, 9 rebounds. Has been key in this one.
Good news for Dallas: lots of rest for Chandler Parsons. Bad news for Dallas: Everything else.
Dallas is going to have to junk up the game even more. Dirk is useless defending pick and roll and transition D so bad. I'd go zone more
Two small forwards with big games on Day 1 of the postseason: Paul Pierce and Trevor Ariza. Actually , Pierce is more of a 4-man.
Houston just ruthless going at Dirk in the PNR tonight.
Brewer and Terry both won a title with the Mavericks in 2011. They are torching their former team tonight. Terry has 16 and Brewer 14.
No one stopped the fight, Julio. You did.
McHale has Terry in with Howard pacing, waiting to return. Wanting to avoid hack-a-Rocket for one last possession?
Chavez has to decide if his heart is in this. He's a 160-pounder, maybe 168. Making weight is hard. He has no business at light heavyweight.
Rajon Rondo: team-worst minus-25 in 27 minutes
Best and worst of boxing right there. A down and almost out Chavez Jr. summoning heart, fighting back but losing brain cells. Good stoppage
Before Showtime went to the replay, it looked like Joe Goossen asked Chavez if he wanted to continue. Chavez shook his head, no.
Too many missed opportunities and blown assignments to win a playoff game on the road I'm afraid
Did Chavez quit?
This whole "playing Rondo" thing just isn't working for the Mavs
There was zero chance Barea was leaving that moment without a foul. BK
Cuban wanted a travel. He didn't get it. Harden gets two free throws.
Corey Brewer is going to be the difference in this series because Dallas' transition D is like a Southwest boarding process
It's a heck of a night for the 2011 champion Mavs that are now Rockets. Jason Terry 18 points Corey Brewer 12 points (10 in 4th)
I would not want to be a fly on the wall of the Mavs film session tomorrow morning
Corey Brewer ... and-one! He makes the freebie and Rockets now up 109-95, 3:20 left.
Corey Brewer, Finals MVP
Corey Brewer is balling.
Dirk Nowitzki yelling at his teammates. Corey Brewer scores on a layup. It's 108-95 with 3:20 left.
Dirk dropping his mouthguard on the floor and popping it back in after yelling at his teammates is an MVP move
Dirk has been playoff Dirk in many ways. He's 9 of 11. But he has six turnovers.
Nooooot ideal spacing
BASKETBALL PENALTY KICKS!!!!!!!!!!
Hack-a-Smith vs. Hack-a-Rondo!!!
Hack-a-Rondo finally happens for the first time in a Mavs uniform.
Now we have Hack a Rondo.
Rockets respond by immediately fouling Rondo.
Here we go... Hack-a-Rocket.
With 4:09 left, we're back to hack-a-Rocket. Smith to line with Rockets up 10.
Hack a Josh is here.
Here comes Hack-a-Rocket... Josh Smith going to the line.
This is Harden's second career playoff double-double. First time in double digits assists and points.
Monta forgot he's actually playing in this game.
Love how the Rockets fans yell at Mark Cuban and he just laughs.
Lineups that involve Barea as the third best shooter make me sad. I don't think anything can be done about that. But just sad.
Harden with 11 assists. A kick out to Brewer who nails another three.
You get the feeling the Mavs have one more strong push left in them. They keep hanging around...
Why did Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.'s promoter put him in the ring with Dolph Lundgren?
It's cool for people to tell me they disagree with my awards ballot on Twitter. But y'all realize this isn't Jeopardy. No wrong answers.
Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Amar'e Stoudemire are a combined 10-38 from the field.
This is a Playoff Tweet on Playoff Twitter
The ghost of Corey Brewer is haunting Dallas. I mean, if he actually was a ghost.
Rondo has attempted more FGs than anybody on either team (16). He's made 7 of them.
Rondo is...The Cooler. In theaters now.
Harden with his 10th assist, blowing past Chandler Parsons and finding Brewer for a corner trey! 100-89 Houston, 6:07 left.
Brewer with a three as Harden gets his 10th assists of the night. Dallas needs a timeout and it's 100-89, Houston.
Corey Brewer picked a good time to start making his 3-point shots again.
With Howard out, Josh Smith has to protect the rim with Terrence Jones.
Dwight was out seven seconds. Mavericks layup.
How many of Dwight Howard's five fouls were not cheapies?
Dwight picks up his fifth foul throwing out a hip on a pick-and-roll. Checks out with 7:03 left, Rockets up 8. Smith, Harden in.
Foul #5 for Dwight Howard.
That's five on Howard. Questionable one.
Dirk is 9 for 11 and has fewer attempts than 5 of his teammates. GIVE HIM THE BALL. It's not rocket science.
Five fouls on Dwight Howard. He can't believe they called that one on a pick.
Dwight Howard called for his fifth foul.
Playoff Dirk is so much fun to watch.
Ariza’s 3-pointer ruled a two - his foot was on the line. Rockets up 90-81 with 8:30 to play.
A fan just ran down to shout at Mark Cuban: "Cuban, this ain't Shark Tank. You're gonna get swept, baby." Cuban did not entertain him.
Rockets got a big bailout by Ariza, because they really miss having a secondary ball-handler with Harden out.
They have already reviewed the Ariza three and called it a two (foot on the line). 90-81 Rockets, 8:45 left.
Ariza shot definitely good, likely going to be a 2.
What a performance by Trevor Ariza, who's dealing with cramps in his legs. After big 3, he now has 13 points, 6 assists, 6 boards, 2 steals.
Matthysse and Providnikov delivered a hell of a fight. Too bad someone had to lose. Two tough guys.
WOW.... a massive three by Trevor Ariza on a broken play as the shot clock expired. 91-81 Rockets.
Let's be clear, that was a pretty terrible RSL performance before the Unkel shenanigans too.
This is sorta the series I expected: Rockets not having a great Dirk matchup when they're on D, but killing him in p&rs
Draw is fair, but I could see Matthysse winning by decision because his rangy uppercuts and crosses impress judges.
Dirk is 8-of-10 from the floor. Find a way to get him more shots.
Talked to a Rockets official today just praising Trevor Ariza. Professional. Steady.
It's crazy watching NBA games in Toronto. Andrew Wiggins is in almost every commercial - for this pink drink called Biosteel, NBACanada, etc
Fight exemplifies how absurd it is to care about won/loss record. How many times have both lost? Does anyone NOT want to see both again?
Could Kentucky beat Ted Unkel?
Can't wait to see how long this fourth quarter is. It's soon to be Hack-a-big time for the Mavericks.
Howard has played 12 minutes due to foul trouble.
Can't believe Dallas played that bad in the 3rd and heads to the 4th only down 7
Devin has a left great toe injury and is doubtful to return. Its the same toe he injured Monday at Utah.
Monta hit 2 3pters in 3Q after missing last 19 from deep to end reg season. Rockets lead Mavs 84-77 after 3 on TXA21
Nowitzki with 20 on 8-10 from the floor. Parsons is 3-11.
Harden with 19, TJones with 12, Terry with 16. Rockets shooting 48.4 percent after three. Dallas at 42.5 clip.
Mavs score final 7 points of Q3 as Ellis hits a 3 at buzzer. Rockets 84, Mavs 77. Rockets need Dwight to play basketball for a while here.
End 3Q: Rockets 84, Mavs 77. James Harden 19 points, 9 assists Dirk 20 points, 6 rebounds Jason Terry 16 points, 6-8 FG
Hubie Brown on Prigioni boxing out Dirk Nowitzki: "That was like a gnat trying to push Godzilla out of the painted area." Hubie's THE BEST!
Monta Ellis hits a three at the buzzer and it's 84-77 Rockets heading to the fourth. Dwight must stay on the floor now.
Monta Ellis hits a three while falling into the crowd. It's 84-77 after three, Rockets.
Monta with the 3 at the buzzer.
An offense that devolves to an Amar'e turnaround jumper several times in a single quarter is embarrassing. Can't have that.
After that last shot, Amar'e just trolling the playoffs now
Amar'e Stoudemire: 2-of-11 in 12 minutes.
Oh, Capela. Almost threw the HOUSE down there. "Almost" being the key word lol
Kid obviously never saw Bob Gibson pitch against the Cubs.
Clint Capela is another example of why letting young guys play in the D-League is probably developmentally better than sitting in the NBA.
Salt Lake-Sacramento finish in 2:32. Little kid walking past press box door tells dad, "That was the shortest baseball game in history."
Dallas is getting into their sets so late.
Ariza worked to stretch it out a bit. Seems OK. Brewer checking in.
Space City Seniors turned it out this evening at Toyota Center. On their A game.
From Warriors playoffs to a Giants win? http://t.co/JGF84bM2wL
Stoudemire looks like your dad backing you down in the driveway when you're 12.
Harden with a complete game. 19 points, nine assists, 11 foul shots. Drives to the basket.
Ariza hobbling a bit. Rockets take a time out to check on him. About time Brewer normally checks in.
Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons are both 3-of-11 from the floor. Mavs need at least one of them to be an efficient scorer.
It's pretty clear that when Chandler Parsons went out he was playing well. Since he's returned, struggled with his shot. He's 3-11.
Parsons is 3 of 11 with just 6 pts and 4 reb. in 26 minutes.
You can't give up on Monta Ellis. You're not going to win the series without him playing well. Dallas has to figure something out for him.
No score after one period. Plenty of shots, though. Ducks with 17 SOG, Jets 9.
PCL final: Sacramento 5, Salt Lake 1. Bees lose eighth straight. Now 1-9 this season. Scored only run with two out in the ninth.
In today's NBA, I want no part of Rondo-Ellis backcourt -- can't shoot 3s & nothing special as passers/defenders. Oh, also too small.
Since Dwight went out, 7 consecutive Dallas shots have been in the paint, most at the rim. Made just 2. But can't give up plane like that.
You know it's a long night when Josh Smith is throwing up alley oops to Clint Capela.
16 points on 6-for-8 shooting (4-for-6 from deep) for Jason Terry against his former team. Rockets up 80-66. http://t.co/tMQnlpVTZd
Rockets are smartly involving Dirk's man directly in the pick and roll rather than letting him rest on the baseline.
Houston back up by 14 (80-66).
Harden to Josh Smith who immediately fires the alley-oop to Capela. *wipes tear*
Devin Harris (left big toe) is doubtful to return.
Wait what. Dirk Noattentiontodetailski
Per Mavs, Devin Harris is doubtful to return. His left big toe acted up. Missed regular-season finale due to it.
They do have cable, don't they? Jet can hit the 3.
If Dwight realizes he is the most pivotal player in the series, Rox can roll.
Rockets have outscored Mavs by 12 in the 11 minutes Howard's been the game. Just cannot reach like that, especially for rebouding position.
Playoff Rondo would still rather stick his hand in a ceiling fan than draw a foul around the hoop.
Guessing somebody noted this but the Wizards have played overtime in three straight games.
Carlisle is jawing at referee Ron Garretson, and he gets a technical foul. Carlisle is upset at some calls which haven't gone the Mavs' way.
UFC star Paige VanZant says she'll celebrate her win tonight with a trip to a beach with her parents.
Rick Carlisle gets T'd up. He's been heated since Dirk didn't get a call on a jumper after being bumped by Terrence Jones.
Tech on Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle just picked up a technical foul.
Ron Garretson Ts up Rick Carlisle.
Rockets now up 72-62 and Carlisle picks up a technical after the timeout. Harden now at 16 points, 8 assists.
Harden goes coast-to-coast and picks up his 16th point of the evening. Mavs need a timeout. Home team leads, 72-62.