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Mavs fans can hate James Harden all they want, but you've got to respect him. 37 points, 8 assists. And it ain't about refs. Only 6 FTs.

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Mark Cuban is back!!! Had pointed comments for commish Adam Silver as he walked by again. Ended with, "That's exactly what we talked about."

Mavs offense goes dry

The Dallas Mavericks have only made 1 field goal in the fourth quarter -- a Dirk Nowtizki jumper. That's not going to cut it as the Rockets lead by 9 midway through the final frame. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Mark Cuban appeared to disagree with that offensive foul on Al-Farouq Aminu and politely shared his opinion with ref Tom Washington.

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DeMar DeRozan: 22 pts at the half, the 2nd-most pts in a half by a Raptors player in a postseason game (Chris Bosh, 23 pts in 2008)

Rockets trying to create separation

Dwight Howard just slammed home a dish from his former AAU teammate Josh Smith to push the Rockets' lead to 7 points early in the 4th. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Game 3 win would bode well for Spurs
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History tells us that Gregg Popovich and the Spurs holding a 2-1 series lead is bad news for the opposition. The Spurs and Clippers play Game 3 on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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End of 3Q: Rockets 101, Mavericks 99
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At least one team has scored 36 points in every quarter as James Harden lit up the 3rd quarter. Harden is up to 34 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in this track meet. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Big men carrying Wizards

Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden have 20 combined points and John Wall just streaked for a fastbreak layup to give Washington a 43-42 lead midway through the second. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Rockets-Mavs shooting guard shootout: James Harden 32 points, 11-16 FG, 5 assists Monta Ellis 22 points, 9-15 FG, 6 assists

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Harden with a hockey assist. He passes to Terry who dishes to Brewer, who nails a 3 and it's 86-82 Houston with 4:50 left in the 3.

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
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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
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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
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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

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