The Mavs finally responded to the Rockets' physical play in Game 4. That needs to continue to keep the series going.
The Rockets went to work to try to fix some of the issues that kept them from sweeping the Mavericks.
The Mavericks need Monta Ellis to keep attacking to have any hope of extending their series against the Rockets, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.
SAN ANTONIO -- The series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs is shaping up to be the longest of the first round. But the lasting effects of the series may also extend beyond this postseason and push the league to tweak its rules in the offseason.
Out of desperation, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle found a starting lineup that clicked with J.J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu.
The Rockets missed 17 consecutive shots in critical stretch of Game 4, opening the door for Dallas to extend the series.
Monta Ellis scored 31 points, J.J. Barea had 17 points and 13 assists in his first playoff start since boosting Dallas' run to the 2011 championship and the Mavericks avoided elimination with a 1
Sam Day, a 13-year-old Rockets fan battling a rare form of bone cancer, paid a visit to his favorite team Sunday in Dallas.
Through the first three games of the postseason, Dwight Howard has returned to his old dominant ways.
The Mavericks-Rockets series is essentially over. All that's left is another display of pride from Dallas. We would expect no less.
The NBA has fined Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after Friday night's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.
There's no such thing as a moral victory for the all-time great and face of the Mavericks.
It was James Harden's turn to hit a key shot down the stretch as Houston defeated Dallas.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle criticized Friday's Game 3 officials for allowing the Rockets' physical play, and team owner Mark Cuban showed his displeasure to Adam Silver during the game.
James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 130-128 on Friday night.
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