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Big men carrying Wizards
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Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden have 20 combined points and John Wall just streaked for a fastbreak layup to give Washington a 43-42 lead midway through the second. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Rockets-Mavs shooting guard shootout: James Harden 32 points, 11-16 FG, 5 assists Monta Ellis 22 points, 9-15 FG, 6 assists

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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.

DeRozen's heat check
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DeMar DeRozan knocked down a tough jumper over John Wall en route to his 20-point first quarter. He'll need more of these as the Raptors lead the Wizards by just 4 midway through the second on ESPN2.

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Harden taking over in 3rd

Trevor Ariza slammed one home, but beyond that it's been the James Harden show for Houston. Harden has 10 points in the quarter and just gave the Rockets a 1-point lead. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Stove is hot for DeRozan

The Raptors' 35 points are the most they've scored in any quarter this series. A large part of that is thanks to DeMar DeRozan, who scored 20 points, the most ever by a Raptor in a playoff quarter. However, the Wizards are only down by 2. Watch live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Dirk drains a big trey
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Dirk Nowitzki was relatively quiet in the first half, shooting 4-of-8 for 10 points. But he knocked down this 3-pointer early in the second quarter to help spark a 36-23 quarter and give the Mavs a 7-point halftime lead.

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DeRozan on fire early
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DeMar DeRozan is 5-for-6 midway through the 1st and the only player in double figures (12). That's good news for the Raptors, who are up 7 and desperate to avoid a 3-0 series hole. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Dallas running by Houston
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The Rockets scored 42 points in a quarter, so naturally you'd assume they'd be the ones with 72 points at half. But the Mavericks overcame a 12-point deficit to lead by 7 at intermission. The key? A 23-4 edge on fastbreak points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Updated Mavs plus-minus for series: With Rajon Rondo: minus-35 in 37 minutes Without Rondo: plus-22 in 80 minutes

Washington ready to close the door
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With the Wizards up in the series 2-0, they know no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 hole. Even more daunting for the Raptors? Only three teams have ever come back to win a best-of-7 after losing the first two games at home. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Mavericks take the lead
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A Tyson Chandler bucket and J.J. Barea layup and the Rockets, who were humming in the first quarter, are suddenly down 3 in the second. Houston only has 7 second-quarter points midway through the period. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Mavs closing in on Rockets
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After giving up 42 points in the first (and having two point guards banged up), Dallas has closed the deficit to 1 point early in the second. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Monta having it all
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Despite a 42-point quarter from Houston, Monta Ellis capped off an 8-0 run with back-to-back 3s to cut Dallas' 12-point deficit to 6 after one. Live on ESPN

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Filed to ESPN: Adam Silver told me pregame that NBA will have "full-throated conversations" this summer regarding rules to ban Hack-a-Shaq.

Dallas bench staying with it
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The Mavericks' starters have been outscored 27-16 with under 3 minutes left in the first but Dallas' bench has chipped in for 8 early points as Houston's lead is 7. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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