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Harden has eight assists and the Mavericks as a team have nine.
Rockets with a 6-0 run to start 2d half before many fans that enjoyed the early run so much were back. Howard with a blocked shot, layup.
The lead is 10 after Howard's layup thanks to Harden (eight assists and counting). Mavs need a timeout.
Huh. Dwight Howard back into the game, Rockets start the third on a 6-0 run. Imagine that.
Terrence Jones with a nice layup to start the second half. He's feeling much better. Playing well.
Mavs had 22 points in the paint in the second quarter as Howard played just two minutes before picking up his third foul.
Harden's seven assists in first half match his career playoff high. Ariza had 6, 4 shy of his career playoff best.
Rockets escape 1st half w/ 59-55 lead. Howard played just eight mins with foul trouble. Harden with 12p 7a. Mavs going at Rockets inside.
Rockets lead 59-55 at the break. Held a 15 point lead at one point, lost it, regained it. Harden with 12, Terry with 10. Howard 3 fouls.
HALF: Rockets 59, Mavs 55. Dallas got back in it with Dwight's foul trouble. Ariza 8p-6a-6r, Harden 12p-6a, TJones, Terry each 10p.
Now Jones has three fouls. He and Howard each with 3 to head into halftime.
Harden putting in ground work. He's got six assists and attempted eight free throws. Overall, 12 points.
Mavs have hit 16-25 FG's (64%) this quarter as they've taken the lead.
Nowitzki not happy. He slams a towel down as he gets to bench area.
Nowitzki has three fouls.
Harden doing a nice job reading the double teams and dishing. He's got six assists.
Rockets began the game laying way off Rondo. It worked then. He's killing them now.
Rondo is having a better night than Harden. He's got nine on 4-7 shooting.
Parsons back in the game, matched up on Ariza.
Parsons just checked back in for the Mavs.
Richard Jefferson's foul on Trevor Ariza was reviewed and its not common it's a flagrant foul.
Big ovation for Tracy McGrady, who is in the building. They showed his dunk all over Shawn Bradley (in '05 playoffs) 4 times on scoreboard.
After video review, foul on Richard Jefferson changed to a flagrant-1.
Parsons is back on the bench, and will be available to play.
We've been told Chandler Parsons is available to play.
Parsons back on floor, jumping around for trainer Casey Smith. Doesn't look great, but trying to make a case he can play. He is available.
Parsons comes back onto the court. A little gimpy.
Dirk's 6-of-7 so far in the game for 12 points. He's so good.
Dirk gets the roll, he's getting hot.
Josh Smith checks in for Clint Capela. Need more experience in the post, right now.
Howard's foul trouble taking huge toll on other end. Mavs owning the lane.
Mavericks on top for first time since early in the first.
Houston had led by 15 at one point.
Rockets offense fell apart to start second quarter. None of that early pace. The 15-point lead is gone. Tie game, 4:44 left in half.
Rockets struggling to score and just like that, it's a tie game at 40.
Tie game - Dirk with a jumper to make it 40-40 with 4:44 to play in the first half.
Tie game in downtown Houston as Dirk hits a mid range jumper.
Dirk with a sky hook and we got a ballgame folks. It's 40-38, Houston.
The once 15-point lead by the Rockets is down to 2.
Jason Terry back in the game, so he will go ahead and score.
Parsons left the previous game with the Rockets (April 2) and had not played since until tonight.
Boo Parsons all you want, that’s fine. But cheering that he is hurting is a bit harsh.
Chandler Parsons was limping pretty badly as he went to the locker room with a trainer. He's got a balky knee.
Chanlder Parsons heads to the locker room.
Parsons limps badly to end of Mavs bench, and now headed to locker room.
Parsons headed to the locker room.
Chandler Parsons just went to the bench and looks like he isn’t feeling well at all. Was limping to the bench, is wincing on it now.
Parsons limps off in a time out. Getting attention on Mavs bench.
That Parsons dunk was pretty emphatic.
Chandler Parsons dunk knocked Josh Smith's shoe off.
With Harden resting and Dwight having picked up his third foul early in the quarter, Rocket lead down to 35-28. Harden checks back in.
Trevor Ariza was also given one. I guess he said something.
Double technical foul on Ariza and Parsons for… um… being here tonight.
Joey Crawford has arrived. He called a tech on Chandler Parsons. Why I don't know.
Ariza and Parsons square off. Look at each other with angry expressions on their faces. Joey double-Ts them.
With Dwight Howard playing with two fouls, Mavs posted up Amar'e Stoudemire until he picked up Howard's third foul. Jones in for Howard.
Let's see if Mavs attack the rim with Howard out with three fouls.
Howard is coming out not because of the minutes but the fouls. Terrence Jones checks in.
A sloppy start to the second quarter. We got some turnovers and a few whistles and Howard has been called for his third foul.
Smith and Howard have really turned that elbow play into something. Tough to defend when Smith makes that turn.
Rockets doing nice job of setting up Howard near the rim with alley-oops and he's very active on other end attacking the boards and shots.
Rockets with 16 points in the paint compared to Mavs' eight.
A fast start pushed Rockets to 32-19 edge after one. Terry with seven as the Rockets shoot 63.2 percent from the field.
Rockets 32, Mavs 19 after 1. Rockets 5 of 10 from line, but when they're running, they're scoring. Have 10 FB pts. Mavs 7 of 23.
Harden has 8, Terry has 7, Capela has 4. For Mavs, Ellis has 7.
32-19 Rockets after one. Beautiful quarter for Houston. Harden with 8p-3a, Terry with 7 and Dwight was all over the place (3 blocks).
TWO FREE THROWS MADE IN THIS GAME BY CAPELA
Mavs with the first hack-a-Rocket of the night. Capela to the line.
Josh Smith to the line, bricks his first attempt and bricks the second.
Rockets come out of time out sending double-team help for Capela in the low post.
Harden passed to himself off Amar'e Stoudemire's hand. Either Harden or Stoudemire should have the assist on Harden dunk.
Josh Smith pulls the chair out from under Dirk. That was great. 28-16 Rockets, 2:30 1Q.
Again, Mavs going right at the rookie. Capela with consecutive fouls. Rockets over the limit.
Capela gets two quick ones guarding Stoudemire.
Josh Smith checks in and guard Dirk Nowitzki.
Capela with a nice reverse. Next possession, though, Mavs go at him. He doesn't step out on screen. Layup.
First guy off the bench is Clint Capela.
Clint Capela getting some early minutes for Dwight Howard.
Clint Capela the first Rockets player off the bench. In for Howard as he picked up his second foul.
Clint Capela coming into the game in the first quarter.
Last shot was a long two -- Terry's foot was on the Jeremy Lin line. 19-6 Rockets.
Carlisle on Jason Terry: "This is the time of year when he’s always played his best." Yeah, I guess so.
Jason Terry hits a three, stands there posing afterward and the Mavs need a 20. It's 19-6.