Jenny Dial Creech

Okay, Jason Terry turned on playoff mode. He hasn’t missed a shot - has seven points to lead Rockets.

David Hardisty

Back-to-back Jason Terry threes! It's 20-6 Rockets. They look unbelievable out of the gate.

Jonathan Feigen

A bit early to look at career records, but Howard's for blocked shots is 10. He has 4 in five minutes.

Calvin Watkins

Howard is expected to play in the low 30s this evening.

Calvin Watkins

Dwight Howard looks spry tonight. He's got three blocks and his latest one led to a Ariza jumper. It's 14-4.

Jenny Dial Creech

All five Rockets starters have points and Houston up 14-4 on the Mavericks early in this one.

David Hardisty

Dwight Howard just sent a Tyson Chandler shot into the cheap seats... and there are no cheap seats.

Jonathan Feigen

Mavs have missed five shots. Howard has blocked three of them.

Jonathan Feigen

Carlisle had taking care of the ball high on the Mavs' to-do list. In first 3 1/2 minutes, have 3 turnovers, have made 1 of 5 shots.

Howard Chen

Dwight's looking pretty good so far: 4 points, 2 blocks, 2 dunks in 3:32. #Rockets

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets off to a 9-2 start. It's not quite Rob Lowe vs. the Rob Lowe that had cable, but Mavs take an early time out.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets up 9-2 early in this one - currently on a 9-0 run. They look energetic, lively. Crowd behind them. Feels like the playoffs in here.

Calvin Watkins

Jason Terry gets a steal and layup does The Jet and it's 9-2, home team. Timeout Dallas.

Howard Chen

#Rockets on a 9-0 run to take the 9-2 lead 3 1/2 minutes in.

David Hardisty

9-0 Rockets run and Carlisle wants a timeout! 9-2 Rockets and I'm telling you -- this place is as loud as I've EVER heard it.

Calvin Watkins

Terrence Jones on Dirk Nowitzki in the early going. Rondo on Harden.

Howard Chen

Felt like Dwight Howard was throwing the world down on that dunk. #Superman

David Hardisty

Two thunderous jams from Dwight Howard has this place on FIRE.

Calvin Watkins

Two dunks by Dwight Howard to start the scoring for Houston.

Howard Chen

LOUD boos as Parsons dribbles up the court.

Howard Chen

1st bucket of the series goes to Dirk. He makes it look so easy.

Jonathan Feigen

Also as expected, Ariza on Ellis, Harden on Parsons.

Jonathan Feigen

As expected, Rondo opens on Harden. Harden with an offensive foul.

Jenny Dial Creech

Way to show up tonight, Rockets fans. Well done.

Howard Chen

That #Rockets intro was pretty awesome. Actual flames shot in the air with each player's name. I feel the heat. Bring it on, playoffs...

Jonathan Feigen

Always feel bad for the alternate ref in the playoffs. Leaves just before the tip like a game show contestant that lost.

Jenny Dial Creech

Very well done on the Rockets playoff intro video. Lots of effects, some real fire. Fun times.

Jonathan Feigen

All kinds of predictable boos for Chandler Parsons in introductions. He does not expect them to the last. I think he's right.

Calvin Watkins

Boos for Chandler Parson in intros. Of course.

Calvin Watkins

PA announcer getting the crowd fired up, Mark Cuban upset about the seats behind the bench, A big flag was brought onto the court. Game 1.

Jonathan Feigen

Mavs owner/reality TV star Mark Cuban was in a long conversation with security about where to sit. Not pleased, but he's back on the court.

Jenny Dial Creech

Mark Cuban seems unhappy about the seat situation tonight. Has been talking with security near the Mavs bench for awhile.

Jonathan Feigen

Oh well, the big showdown of a former Rockets player returning to face his former team won't happen. Greg Smith on the Mavs' inactive list.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets and Mavericks are both out warming up.

David Hardisty

Standing ovation from the fans as the Rockets come out for warmups.

Jonathan Feigen

Coach of the year? Rockets say don't forget Kevin McHale houstonchronicle.com/sports/article… via @HoustonChron

Howard Chen

LIVE on #Periscope: The Beard. Getting his pregame shooting on. #RedNation periscope.tv/w/VxQp8DEyMzIy…

Howard Chen

LIVE on #Periscope: Rick Carlisle meeting pregame with the media #DALvsHOU periscope.tv/w/VxQi3jEyMzIy…

Howard Chen

LIVE on #Periscope: Kevin McHale meeting with the media pregame #DALvsHOU periscope.tv/w/VxQe6zEyMzIy…

David Hardisty

Rockets playoff T-shirts waiting for fans at every seat in the house. http://t.co/q2nXBHDSq7

Jenny Dial Creech

Coach of the year? Rockets say don't forget Kevin McHale houstonchronicle.com/sports/article…

Jonathan Feigen

If you'd prefer a longer pregame read, ICYMI, Harden grew as a leader in his breakout season houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

David Hardisty

It looks like there will be. twitter.com/RyanGrimes04/s… http://t.co/cnfiffj79d

Jonathan Feigen

Mavs' Chandler Parsons on series vs. Rockets: When the ball goes up, 'it's me against them' blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

ICYMI: Jason Terry finds it 'ironic' to be playing for other side of Houston-Dallas rivalry blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard says work in coming back from injury is a success blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Expect Rockets star James Harden to face different looks from Mavericks blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets' Jason Terry says he's moved on from emotions of facing ex-Mavs teammates blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn't chime in on owner's Rockets assessment blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Mavs' Chandler Parsons on series vs. Rockets: When the ball goes up, 'it's me against them' blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets' Jason Terry says he's moved on from emotions of facing ex-Mavs teammates blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn't chime in on owner's Rockets assessment blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Kevin McHale, Chandler Parsons have no beefs entering Rockets-Mavs series blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Kevin McHale, Chandler Parsons have no beef entering Rockets-Mavs series blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

James Harden played 40 plus minutes 13 times this season the last time was March 23 when he played 43 minutes at Indy.

Calvin Watkins

The funny thing about James Harden's minutes is that the 2,981 he's participated in is the second-highest of his career.

Howard Chen

Gonna Periscope with @David Hardisty after Game 1 of #DALvsHOU. Join us and ask your questions live after the game! #RedNation

Calvin Watkins

Game 1 Rockets-Mavs. http://t.co/c9CRZh004l

Howard Chen

Lookin fwd 2the @SportsRadio610 hoops challenge 2morrow at @Legends_Sports! Broadcasting live 11a-2p w @ochoshauno! houston.cbslocal.com/hoopschallenge/

Howard Chen

Another good thing about the 2nd seed: No chance of having to face Golden State until the Western Conference finals. #Rockets

Howard Chen

#NBA playoffs. #NHL playoffs. With spring games and baseball games too. Not a bad sports day...

Howard Chen

These #Wizards offensive rebounds... Toronto still looking for their first points of OT.

Howard Chen

Oh my, Vasquez. Just goes up, takes that three, MAKES that three. Tied up in the final minute. #Helloooooplayoffs

Howard Chen

Wow, this #Raptors game changed in a hurry. 4-point game, under 4 minutes left...

Jenny Dial Creech

Chandler Parsons ready to start playoffs, says returning to Houston now old hat blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

If you prefer some Rockets-Mavericks talk in video form ... The Sports Update: Rockets Playoffs Preview blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Personally, I don't see it. When I drive to games in Houston, I take the Dallas exit. When I drive to games in Dallas, I turn r. on Houston.

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer on Hou-Dal rivalry: "When I was there, they didn’t like Houston. Now I’m here, we don’t like Dallas. It’s a good thing in sports.”

Jenny Dial Creech

Carlisle on Jason Terry: "This is the teime of year where he has always played his best and we have a lot of respect for him."

Jenny Dial Creech

Pat Beverley won't let injury ruin his playoff excitement blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Pat Beverley won't let injury ruin his playoff excitement blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Carlisle: "I know there is a game that's going to break out here in a few hours. The series will be decided between the lines."

Jonathan Feigen

No surprise. Rick Carlisle would not weigh in on Mark Cuban's comment about Rockets. "I didn't read the article so I can't comment on it."

Calvin Watkins

Jason Terry on Rick Carlisle: "Rick is a mastermind, a great ping pong player but also a chess player."

Calvin Watkins

Beverley on watching from the bench: "it's going to be fun but I can talk s***."

Calvin Watkins

Patrick Beverley said he hopes to get the cast taken off his wrist May 20-22.

Calvin Watkins

Chandler Parsons is questionable but should play tonight.

Fran Blinebury

Round 1: Atl in 6, Cle in 4, Chi in 6, Tor in 7, GS in 5, Hou in 7, SA in 6, Mem in 7.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden honed his leadership abilities as well as his game this season houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets hope lessons learned from past playoff failures help this time around houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

Jonathan Feigen

Officials for Rockets-Mavericks Game 1: Joe Crawford, Tony Brown and Ron Garretson. Alternate: Matt Boland.

Jenny Dial Creech

On eve of playoffs, Rockets' Josh Smith has worked overtime blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets say they have changed since last season's playoff loss blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

Rockets avoid trash talk with Mavericks. A good thing. espn.go.com/blog/houston-r…

Calvin Watkins

Kevin McHale just said on 790-AM Houston he's liking what he's seeing from Clint Capela. He could get more PT vs Dallas.

Jonathan Feigen

Follow the leader: How James Harden took control of the Rockets houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

Calvin Watkins

James Harden said no comment when told Mark Cuban comments about Rockets being not that good. Josh Smith said team isn't trash talking.