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McHale on Howard: I’m just so happy Dwight feels good today. I don’t know if he’s BSing me or not but he told me his leg felt really good
Kevin McHale on series: I’ve said all along, 2 teams that are willing to run & will get out & run, you cannot hold & grab in the playoffs.
Kevin McHale: "We play one game on Sunday, we don’t play three games on Sunday believe it or not it’s the most important game of the year."
James Harden: Our mindset is get greedy. Get greedy, don’t let up and just stay focused.
Rockets were a pretty loose bunch today. Not worried about what Mavs have to overcome.
Former Baylor Bear Max Muncy with a fairly eventful game: 1st MLB hit, takes out Altuve with a hard clean slide, playin nice D too
And there'll be a Game 7 for the Islanders and Caps. Playoff hockey is glorious.
Harden called Howard a “beast” last night. Today, Brewer had a different term: "Dwight is a monster right now. It’s fun to watch."
Brewer:"A bunch of us guys have been in the playoffs a lot so we know what it takes to win-stay together, go out and follow the game plan."
Corey Brewer on the Mavs: "We arent worried about them coming back and trying to make history or whatever."
Carlisle on the Mavs being down 0-3: "Everybody talks about history and how it’s never been done. Someday somebody is going to do it."
Previous time Rockets had three wins in a playoff series lost to Trevor Ariza and the Lakers in 2009. Lakers had some other guys, too.
Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard felt good this morning and told him to have a light day. Just shoot free throws.
Carlisle on $25,000 fine: "I accept the fine. I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team and I am going to fight for my team."
Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced today by Rod Thorn.
All right. Now Dirk's working on one-legged, wrong-footed 3s. How you get to seventh in career scoring? Work.
After 17 seasons Dirk still shooting long after almost everyone else has left. Just Dirk and Dwight Powell on the floor.
NBA did not specify which statement went over the line. Saying things have not been kosher probably clinched it.
Rick Carlisle fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating.
Harden joined elite group w/ 42p, 9a, 5r in playoff a game. SInce '85 only Barkley, Drexler, KJ, Magic, Michael, T-Mac and of course Rondo.
NBA released assorted Game 5 schedules. If there is a Game 5 in Rockets-Mavs series will be at 6:30, 7 or 8 Tue. Hope that clears things up.
Harden, by the way, was within seven of Hakeem's franchise single-game scoring record, but that was done in 2OT (in Seattle, 1987.)
Howard's 26 rebounds tied Hakeem Olajuwon (1998) and Moses Malone (1977) for the franchise record in a playoff game.
McHale on Howard: "Dwight was unreal. He got every rebound and was just a beast down there.' Howard outrebounded the rest of Rockets, 26-20.
Carlisle, Cuban irate early in Q4. Carlisle: "There’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place."
Carlisle; “There’s just a lot of physical stuff going on that doesn’t look kosher to me. This series has got to be played within the rules.”
McHale on Harden's 42-point, nine rebound game: “James was great tonight. What can you say? I’ve seen it a lot this year."
Dirk didn’t have any comment on the officials after the game. “I get my complaints in during the game,” he said.
Dirk says some more guys were banged up tonight. Says he is interested to see who will all be available on Sunday.
Dirk: “In a one possession game, there are so many things you are going to go back and look at."
Dirk Nowitzki said this ranks up high in the toughest losses in his playoff career.
Dirk Nowitzki: “It’s a game we needed to have and it was a fun game to be a part of. We really fought back all game."
Dwight Howard: "I think we took their best shot and instead of folding, we stayed together and played great defense down the stretch."
I think Harden was wearing swag.
James Harden on Dwight Howard: "He was a beast."
I just asked Dwight Howard about his rebounds. Harden interrupted (politely) and said, “He’s a beast, he’s a beast."
Harden: “In the second half, we locked in and we got some important stops."
Rockets happy but have measured, muted celebration.
Corey Brewer: When u have the MVP on your team it makes it easy.
Carlisle with a fine rant about officiating. Said Howard "is throwing people around. This series has to be played within the rules."
McHale also said Howard and Harden had yeoman efforts.
McHale said the Rockets wouldn't be where they are without Josh Smith and Corey Brewer.
McHale: "I had a lot of faith that our guys would find a way to get back in the game."
Kevin McHale on emotions with. Josh Smith: I'm happy for him.
Kevin McHale grabs Josh Smith by the back of his jersey and almost kisses him on the cheek at midcourt. Plenty of emotion there.
Houston wins, 130-128. Josh Smith defends Monta Ellis' last second jumper that misses everything. It's 3-0. Have a nice evening.
Ellis no good from 20 feet. Rockets 130, Mavericks 128. Rockets up 3-0. Teams down 3-0 in the NBA playoffs have won 0 of 110 series.
Ellis missed a shot at the buzzer and Houston wins 130-128 to go up 3-0 in the series. What.A.Game!!
FINAL: Rockets 130, Mavs 128. Harden (42p), Howard (26r) huge. Houston took Dallas' best shot -- still won. They go for the sweep on Sunday.
Tall lineup on the floor for Houston.
Brewer hits 1 of 2. Rockets up two, 6.8 seconds left. Amazing game.
Corey Brewer makes just 1-2 free throws. Rockets up just two, 6.8 sec left. Timeout Dallas.
Brewer missed a free throw and it’s a 2 point game. Mavs have the ball and 6.8 seconds on the clock….
I love my job.
Harden with the jumper he used at the buzzer in Phoenix. Rockets up 3, 12.7 seconds left.
James Harden doing what MVPs do. A step-back jumper over taller defender. Rockets up, 129-126 with 12.7 seconds left.
James Harden's stepback 18-footer over Tyson Chandler rattles in! What a shot. Rockets up three, 12.7 sec left.
Harden hits one of his daggers. Rockets 129, Mavericks 126. Mans have the ball with 12.7 to play.
Dwight Howard has a playoff career-high 26 rebounds.
Dirk is still so good. Guys like him, Tim Duncan just continue to impress after all these years. Love seeing it.
Rockets up 127-126 and have the ball with 33.8 seconds. They can’t slip here because the Mavs are playing determined basketball right now.
Harden reaches around Nowitzki on the three-point shot attempt.It was close. But that's what happened.
Ellis is limping badly. Stays in the game.
Harden called for fouling Nowitzki on an off balance 3. With 33.8 seconds left, Rockets up 4. Harden reached, but not much contact.
Monta Ellis is crouched down at the scorers table. Looks like he is hurt.
There is no way that is a foul call. No way.
James Harden. 3-point play. He has 40 now. Rockets up 4 with under a minute to play.
40 points now for James Harden. 127-123 Rockets, 56.8 sec left.