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Mavericks holding strong in first half

Tyson Chandler continued his personal vendetta against the rim with a big-time putback slam on Dallas' final possession of the second quarter, and the Mavs, down 3-0 in the series, lead the Rockets by 8 at the half. Follow live

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

JJ Barea is ballin'! The lil' fella has 6 points, 8 assists, showing Rajon Rondo how the Mavs offense is supposed to be run.

Rockets' offense a work of art
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Houston is making a home for itself in the paint. 16 of the Rockets' first 17 buckets have come in the lane, but the Mavs have stormed back to take a 5-point lead late in the second. Follow live

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Lou Williams @TeamLou23

Not a great way to go out, but all in all a good season. Thanx to the fans for the support. We have a lot to look forward to. Together. thx

Harris unsure what sport he plays

With Dwight Howard lined up for yet another bucket at the rim, Devin Harris tackled Howard to prevent the basket. Howard seemed to take the hard foul in stride, as Harris was called for a flagrant 1 foul. Follow live

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Dallas native Jordan Spieth, wearing his green jacket, gets presented a personalized Mavs jersey. Does his part to keep crowd fired up.

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Rick Carlisle T'd up for arguing about basically the same Dwight Howard arm motion that he complained about after Game 3. $25K not worth it

Howard is a handful for Mavericks

Dallas is 36 minutes away from its season ending, and Dwight Howard is doing his best to finish things. He has two alley-oops already and 10 points total, and a buzzer-beating one-footed jumper from James Harden has the Rockets up 34-25. Follow live

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Howard on the bench now. He's got that extra spring in his step. Said at shootaround the time off for injury helped with his energy.

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

On what he sees in WAS heading into 2nd rd this time around, Randy Wittman: "I see a more confident look" this time and he noted Pierce

Raptors can't handle The Truth
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Paul Pierce made it clear he didn't want to have to travel back to Toronto and go through customs again. He got his wish, as the Wizards blew out the Raptors by 31 points to advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep.

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Can Raptors contend with this core?
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After the Raptors were swept out of the postseason, NBA insider Kevin Pelton takes a look at their roster and says the biggest question facing Toronto is whether this group needs a makeover. Roster reload (Insider)

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