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Cuban stormed off shaking his head in Adam Silver's direction after that call on Aminu. He's fuming somewhere.
Oh yeah, as Cuban walks by he gave a look to Adam Silver.
Cuban just walked off the court… was shaking his head.
McHale calls timeout to get Harden back in. Crowd boos. We have 6:42 left. Mark Cuban walks by shakes his head.
Rockets get a time out up nine to get Harden back in the game with 6:42 left.
Trevor Ariza draws an offensive foul. Crowd not happy.
Really hard to imagine where this Rockets team would be without Brewer and Smith.
It's Corey Brewer Time. 12 of his 14 points have come in the second half. 112-101 Rockets, 8:06 left.
After the time out, Mavs start the hack-a-Rocket. Josh Smith to the line. He has missed his one free throw. Rockets up 7.
Hack a Josh.
The Rockets are up seven, but note Dwight Howard is a +21 in this game. Mavs can't do anything with him.
Josh Smith with three assists all to Howard. the latest, a two-handed jam and the visitors lead, 108-101 with 8:56 remaining.
Mavericks with four fouls with 9 1/2 minutes left. Do they starting fouling Smith? Awfully tight game for that.
Fans not happy with the calls going the Rockets way. Howard has 20 rebounds by the way.
Dwight Howard now has 20 rebounds.
Mavs trying to be physical with Howard.
101-99 Rockets heading to 4th. Harden's 16 points in 3Q was two shy of Hakeem's franchise playoff record for a quarter (18p, vs. Utah '95)
Ellis has 24 and Dirk with 18. Chandler Parsons talks to the scorers table crew during the break between quarters.
Rockets 101, Mavericks 99 after 3. Wish we could see tonight's Eastern Conference playoff game, said no one.
Rockets lead 101-99 after 3. harden with 34. Howard had 18 boards and the Rockets are shooting 51.4 percent from the floor.
"Corey Brewer! Better than a bag of chips!" -- says Bill Worrell.
Harden is nearing career highs in pts (37) FGM (13) and assists (11). He's got 32 pts, 11 FGM and seven assists with 2:51 left.
Harden with seven assists and 32 points. His best game of the postseason.
Harden with assist on Rockets past 3 FGs and hockey assist on Brewer 3. Both tms exploiting weaknesses, but also some great offensive play.
Boy, when Brewer gets going...
Harden is five points shy of matching his playoff career high. Howard is 6 rebounds from career playoff high. Who gets there first?
Harden with a hockey assist. He passes to Terry who dishes to Brewer, who nails a 3 and it's 86-82 Houston with 4:50 left in the 3.
Smith and Brewer in for the Rockets. I’m sure Houston would love to see them have a game 2 repeat late-game performance.
James Harden already has 30 points... still 18 minutes left in the game. 81-80 Rockets.
Harden's cooking. He's got 30.
Terry and Harden trying to calm Howard down. Chandler throwing forearms into the chest. Good battle inside.
Chandler and Howard doing some hand to hand combat. Howard gets called for his third.
Carlisle was pretty fired up when he called that timeout. Will be interesting to see what comes next from the Mavs.
Second half James Harden and Trevor Ariza are playing on another level.
For 3 days, McHale said the Rockets will have to withstand Dallas runs. They have. Now, they have to handle that 2nd unit as did not in Q2.
Harden hits a 3, Rockets take a 77-76 lead and Carlisle is upset. Wanted a walk called on Harden. Nope.
Mavericks came back from a 12-point deficit in the first half. Rockets have come back from a 13-point deficit to lead, 77-76 in 2nd half.
The Mavericks scored 72 points in a single half... and they trail early in the third quarter.
Rockets, who trailed by 13, just took the lead with a James Harden 3-pointer. He has been phenomenal this half.
When Cuban argues, he looks as if he truly believes the official will say, 'You know, you might have a point. Tell me more."
Rockets need Harden to take over this game. He draws a foul and he's got two shots coming up.
Finally.. the Rockets were missing shot after shot and Harden hits a 3 to give them their first points of the second half.
Rockets miss their first five shots of the half until Harden's three.
Rockets have a lot to cover at halftime. First on list? I'd say transition defense. Mavs with 23 fast break points.
Mavs shooting 57.4 percent from the floor. Ellis with 20, Nowitzki with 10. Mavs with 23 fast break points compared to 4 for Houston.
Howard had 14 rebounds in 19 minutes. His career playoff high is 24. Rockets having tough time taking him off floor -- among other things.
Done with 24 minutes and the Mavericks lead, 72-65. Harden took over the last few moments. He's got 18. Howard with 14 boards.
Mavs' 72 points most Rockets have allowed in a half this season by seven, but a brief late run cut 13-point Dallas lead to seven, 72-65.
HALF: Mavs 72, Rockets 65. I'm VERY encouraged by how Rockets finished half, given how poorly they played on both ends in 2Q.
Some guy courtside was giving Dwight a hard time about his haircut. Dwight grinned and said, “That’s the best you got for me?"
This doesn’t look like a game between two teams who have talked about a whole lot of defense the last few days.
Fans upset, Howard gets away with a push off.
The Mavericks have 70 points in this half -- that's the most the Rockets have given up in any half this season.
Terry 3-pointer was Rockets first field goal in five minutes. Missed six-consecutive shots with 4 tos in that 14-2 Dallas run.
With 3:27 to play in the half, Mavericks are up 62-54 on the Rockets.
The Rockets talked about playing with desperation coming into Game 3. Not seeing it.
Rocket offense is a mess right now. Little movement, poor shot selection. Mavs now up by 10.
James Harden was acting like Michael Jordan was covering him. Waiting too long.
Rockets have had eight-consecutive empty possessions. Mavericks 55-49 lead their largest of the series.
When listing areas Rockets needed to improve since Game 2, I cited transition defense, defensive rebounding, ball movement. All poor in Q2.
Would be nice if Dallas put Rondo back in. Rockets having a tough time stopping J.J. Barea. Mavs up 52-49. Time to put Harden back in.
Barea has been huge. Mavs don't seem to miss whathisname.
Rockets look out of sorts here. No offensive flow right now.
If you aren’t watching Mavs/Rockets, you are missing out. It’s nonstop action.
When listing the WC point guards we knew would make the Rockets miss Pat Beverley, I failed to list Barea. My bad.
Dirk was 1 of 5 before he hit a 3 to beat the shot clock, followed with a pull-up jumper. Tie game. Jones in to go at Dirk on other end.
We're tied up in downtown Dallas at 44.
This time the Mavericks knew the alley-oop was coming. Still couldn't stop it.
Felton, who left the game limping in the first, is back in for the Mavericks.
For a playoff game mind you.
Rockets just missed scoring the most points in a quarter which is 45, set in 1980.
The 42 points the Rockets scored in the 1Q was their highest-scoring quarter this season. Previous high was 41 against Phoenix (2/10).
Actually, that's the most points the Rockets have scored in any quarter in 2014-15. First team to 150 wins.
Monta Ellis has 12 for Dallas and the Mavs are shooting 60.9 percent from the floor.
Josh Smith scores 5 straight points to end 1Q, Rockets lead 42-36 after shooting 64%. Harden (12p), Jones (10p) leading the attack.
Rockets 42, Mavs 36. That's the most first quarter points the Rockets have had all season. Made 16 of 25 shots.
After one, Houston leads 42-36. Harden with 12, Jones with 10 and four. Rockets with 20 points inside.
Mavs with 8-0 run in 50 secs, including sensational Stoudemire block of Smith dunk attempt. Rockets had said would have to take a punch.
Jason Garrett, Cowboys coach, in the house.
The Dallas crowd suddenly realized they are at a playoff game...
Harden hit the back of his head on that last drive. Seems Ok. but was rubbing it.
Harden's foolish first-minute foul now could hurt. Picks up second on a charge with 2:37 left in Q1. Stays in game.
James Harden called for an offensive foul. That was because of Rick Carlisle who worked the refs over for about four possessions.
Harden with a tough love chat with Capela after time out. Had to be about defensive end after those past two possessions.
Rockets with 16 inside and seven second chance points with 3:00 left in first quarter.
Hack a Capela has started.
Terrence Jones had 10 early points with the Rockets definitely looking for him to attack. But he picked up 2nd foul. Capela in.
Terrence Jones feeling it tonight, too. He has 10 early points.
Terrence Jones off to a strong start. He's got 10 points and four rebounds thus far. Rockets with 12 of their 27 inside.
Shooting 32.1 % in the first two games of the series, Harden off to a 4 of 4 start (100 percent) for 10 points in 7 min.
Harden is 4/4 on shooting, 2/2 on 3s. 10 points so far tonight.
Great sign for the Rockets -- James Harden a perfect 4-4 from the field, including a couple of triples. 23-15 Rockets.