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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Say what you want about Pierce, but everything he said about the Raptors was fair, and he backed it up.

Howard's reach goes for miles and miles
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Dwight Howard might need to find his Superman cape after he elevated for an overthrown lob and threw down this massive hammer of a slam dunk.

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Mavs survive to play another day

Houston and Dallas played a game lacking in rhythm, but Monta Ellis (31 pts) led the Mavericks to a 121-109 win to prevent a Rockets sweep. The win breaks a 4-game postseason losing streak for Dallas at home. Box score

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard get some techs. We have a timeout on the floor. Looks like we're headed back to Houston for Game 5.

No sure thing yet in Dallas

Richard Jefferson picked up a technical foul, Josh Smith tied his playoff-high with 3 made 3-pointers, and the Rockets are making the Mavericks sweat late in the fourth quarter. Follow live

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets need a stop on defense, got one when Barea walked. Now they need a few more and some buckets to make this a ballgame. Maybe.

Cavs get two-weeks notice on Love
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Brian Windhorst reports Kevin Love is expected to miss at least two weeks with a dislocated left shoulder: "The bad news is he's probably not going to be there at the start of the next series. But the good news is that ... they do not think this is potentially a playoff-ending injury."

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Mavs keeping Howard quiet

Dallas shot 67 percent in the third quarter, which was bad enough for Houston. Also concerning: after going 5-of-5 in the first quarter, Dwight Howard is 0-of-1 since, and the Mavs lead by 19 headed to the fourth. Follow live

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets losing composure, Josh Smith after getting fouled by Devin Harris, pushes him back. Refs didn't like that. He gets a Tech.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

JJ Barea has 17 points and 10 assists. Rajon Rondo had that many points with double-digit assists once during his Dallas tenure.

Failure to launch a problem for Rockets
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With 1:55 left in the second quarter, James Harden knocked down a 3. That was Houston's most recent field goal, as the Rockets have missed 17 straight shots. The Mavs' lead has grown over 20 points. Follow live

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs minimum-salary fill-in starters making huge impact. Double-doubles for JJ Barea (12 pnts, 10 asst) and Al-Farouq Aminu (11 pts, 10 reb)