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The Ten: Beard puts Mavericks on brink

James Harden scored 42 points to push Houston to a 3-0 series lead on Dallas. It was The Beard's turn to shine.

10hTim 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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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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The NBA draft could use some serious fixing. It's your turn to help.


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Crazy Stat of Day: Rockets have 359 Pts in their first 3 games of series, most by one team in its first 3 playoff games since 1993-94 Suns.

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And Houston, with 359 points so far against Dallas, sports highest total for any NBA team in its first three playoff games since '93-94 Suns

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Clippers, meanwhile, will have to make franchise history to topple Spurs & see Round 2. They've never won a series after falling behind 2-1

Rockets, Mavs shoot the lights out

Friday's high-scoring affair between the Rockets and Mavs saw Dwight Howard tie a Houston playoff record with 26 boards and James Harden (42) and Monta Ellis (34) hit playoff career highs in points.


Heat bothered by NBA clinic in Cuba

Commissioner Adam Silver said it was a mistake not to first consult the Heat regarding the clinic: "[T]hey were miffed. ... Our bad. We made a mistake. ... A rookie error on my part." There's sensitivity involving Cuba in South Florida, which has a large Cuban population.

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Spurs go up 2-1 on Clippers

The Spurs handed the Clippers their worst playoff loss ever Friday. Why was Game 3 important? Under coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won 84% of their playoff series when leading 2-1. The Clippers, meanwhile, have never come back from a 2-1 series deficit in franchise history.


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And sure enough the numbers reflected that. Bibby was better with a soft contest. Different strokes, different folks.

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Reminds me of when Mike Bibby told us that LeBron/Wade/Bosh made him too open. Hated having a lot of space. Overthought it.

Harden cooks Rockets to 3-0 lead

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points and Dwight Howard grabbed a playoff franchise-high 26 rebounds as the Rockets held off the Mavericks for a 130-128 win in Game 3.


Spurs dominate from wire-to-wire

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points and San Antonio clobbered the Clippers by 27 points to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.


Doc Rivers postgame

The Clippers coach on the Game 3 blowout loss: "I don't know about effort and execution. I know we got our butt kicked."


Vestiges of Lob City

It was a horrid perfomance for the Clippers all around, but an awful night still means a CP3 to DeAndre Jordan alley-oop that most teams can only dream about.


Final: Spurs 100, Clippers 73

It was total domination by the defending champions. Kawhi Leonard collected his Defensive Player of the Year award pregame, then collected a career-high 32 points. San Antonio takes a 2-1 series lead. Game 3 is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Box score