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Okay, Jason Terry turned on playoff mode. He hasn’t missed a shot - has seven points to lead Rockets.
Back-to-back Jason Terry threes! It's 20-6 Rockets. They look unbelievable out of the gate.
A bit early to look at career records, but Howard's for blocked shots is 10. He has 4 in five minutes.
Howard is expected to play in the low 30s this evening.
Dwight Howard looks spry tonight. He's got three blocks and his latest one led to a Ariza jumper. It's 14-4.
All five Rockets starters have points and Houston up 14-4 on the Mavericks early in this one.
Dwight Howard just sent a Tyson Chandler shot into the cheap seats... and there are no cheap seats.
Mavs have missed five shots. Howard has blocked three of them.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Terry gets a steal and layup does The Jet and it's 9-2, home team. Timeout Dallas.
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.
Terrence Jones on Dirk Nowitzki in the early going. Rondo on Harden.
Two thunderous jams from Dwight Howard has this place on FIRE.
Two dunks by Dwight Howard to start the scoring for Houston.
LOUD boos as Parsons dribbles up the court.
1st bucket of the series goes to Dirk. He makes it look so easy.
Also as expected, Ariza on Ellis, Harden on Parsons.
As expected, Rondo opens on Harden. Harden with an offensive foul.
Way to show up tonight, Rockets fans. Well done.
Always feel bad for the alternate ref in the playoffs. Leaves just before the tip like a game show contestant that lost.
Very well done on the Rockets playoff intro video. Lots of effects, some real fire. Fun times.
All kinds of predictable boos for Chandler Parsons in introductions. He does not expect them to the last. I think he's right.
Boos for Chandler Parson in intros. Of course.
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.
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.
Mark Cuban seems unhappy about the seat situation tonight. Has been talking with security near the Mavs bench for awhile.
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.
Rockets and Mavericks are both out warming up.
Standing ovation from the fans as the Rockets come out for warmups.
Rockets playoff T-shirts waiting for fans at every seat in the house. http://t.co/q2nXBHDSq7
James Harden played 40 plus minutes 13 times this season the last time was March 23 when he played 43 minutes at Indy.
The funny thing about James Harden's minutes is that the 2,981 he's participated in is the second-highest of his career.
Game 1 Rockets-Mavs. http://t.co/c9CRZh004l
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.
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.”
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."
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."
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."
Jason Terry on Rick Carlisle: "Rick is a mastermind, a great ping pong player but also a chess player."
Beverley on watching from the bench: "it's going to be fun but I can talk s***."
Patrick Beverley said he hopes to get the cast taken off his wrist May 20-22.
Chandler Parsons is questionable but should play tonight.
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.
Officials for Rockets-Mavericks Game 1: Joe Crawford, Tony Brown and Ron Garretson. Alternate: Matt Boland.
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.
James Harden said no comment when told Mark Cuban comments about Rockets being not that good. Josh Smith said team isn't trash talking.