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Soar points: Rockets fueled by tested sources

The Jet was back on the runway, giving a big hand to The Beard and Co. in a Game 1 win over the Mavs.

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1dMarc Stein

Sources: NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised ‎that the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.

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Thaddeus Young in best supporting role

The Nets squeaked into the playoffs with the help of a young veteran who filled in the gaps for a struggling team

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Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

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From where will Brow's help come?

The Pelicans received one of the most dominant scoring debuts ever, but the uncertain status of Tyreke Evans may leave Anthony Davis with little help.

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James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

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How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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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
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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
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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

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Houston up but Ariza down
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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.