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Harden creates, eviscerates Mavs
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James Harden collects 24 points and 11 assists? Brilliantly expected. But the Beard got an unexpected 13 fourth-quarter points from Corey Brewer (playoff career high) to carry the Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Mavericks in Game 1.

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Derrick Rose blowouts mean little
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Winning by double digits to open a series is always great. But that hasn't translated into success for Rose and the Bulls.

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Houston backs down Dallas for Game 1

James Harden (24 points, 11 assists) became the first Rockets player since Tracy McGrady to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in a postseason game in Houston's 118-108 win over Dallas. McGrady did it on May 5, 2007 against the Jazz. Box score

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

It's a heck of a night for the 2011 champion Mavs that are now Rockets. Jason Terry 18 points Corey Brewer 12 points (10 in 4th)

Brewer keeping Dallas down

Corey Brewer just hit his second big 3-pointer in as many minutes to take Houston's tenuous 7-point lead and blow it out to 11 midway through the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Houston up but Ariza down

Trevor Ariza is currently out of the game with cramps as Houston's training staff feverishly tries to work out the knots. Ariza has 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. The Rockets are up 7 points after three quarters. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons are both 3-of-11 from the floor. Mavs need at least one of them to be an efficient scorer.

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

I maybe wrong but James harden maybe the best at getting to the lane he makes it look so easy and smooth

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Harden goes coast-to-coast and picks up his 16th point of the evening. Mavs need a timeout. Home team leads, 72-62.

Derrick Rose on playoff return

After his first playoff game in 3 years, the Bulls star said: "It felt good. It felt normal. I'm grateful to be playing again, playing with my teammates that I have right now. They're allowing me to play the way that I normally play and it's an honor, man."

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