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Final: Rockets 130, Mavericks 128

Dwight Howard recorded a playoff career-high 26 rebounds and James Harden added his own playoff career-high 42 points as Houston took a 3-0 series lead in the highest scoring playoff game in 20 years. Box score

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Two nights, two big shots late in the 4th by the top two MVP candidates. I'd say they represented both styles but Harden didn't get fouled.

CP3 dominating Parker so far
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Through 2 games, Chris Paul has been the superior point guard -- and it's not even that close.

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Unstoppable force, immovable object

When a series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 takes the series 76 percent of the time. The Clippers have won 8-straight road games. The Spurs have won 15 of their last 16 home games. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Wizards trying to wrest control

John Wall is already up to 10 assists midway through the 3rd quarter as the Wizards are up 5 after a hot DeMar DeRozan first quarter has fizzled for Toronto. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

34-8-4 for Dirk. Win or lose, Mavs fans should savor this performance. You don't know how much more playoff greatness he has left in him.

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Monta Ellis is clearly hurting. Limping around. Chatted briefly with athletic trainer Casey Smith. Zero chance he comes out of the game.

Mavs close gap

Monta-to-Dirk, Dirk-to-Monta. The Dallas tandem has just put up 7 quick points to cut the deficit to 4 points with a minute left in the game Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Window closing for Dallas
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James Harden is up to 37 points and 9 assists as the Rockets are outgunning the Mavericks down the stretch. Houston holds a 3-point lead with just under 2 minutes to go. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

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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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

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
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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
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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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