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34mTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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9hCalvin Watkins

Jason Terry returns to Dallas

It seems a lifetime ago when Jason Terry was the starting point guard for the Mavericks, facing the Rockets in the 2005 playoffs.

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Lowe: Fear old-school Rose

The dynamic version of Derrick Rose has returned. And Bulls' opponents should be very afraid.

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J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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Cavaliers don't play championship defense (4:56)

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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

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

Dallas running by Houston

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

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

Mavs' Felton asks out of game
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Raymond Felton was pawing at his right knee early in the game and just asked to come out. Devin Harris replaced him on the court. The Rockets are up 3 early in the game. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Raymond Felton will be making the start at point guard for the Mavericks. His teams are 6-10 in the playoffs when he gets the start.