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Stove is hot for DeRozan

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

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.


DeRozan on fire early

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

Dallas running by Houston

The Rockets scored 42 points in a quarter, so naturally you'd assume they'd be the ones with 72 points at half. But the Mavericks overcame a 12-point deficit to lead by 7 at intermission. The key? A 23-4 edge on fastbreak points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Updated Mavs plus-minus for series: With Rajon Rondo: minus-35 in 37 minutes Without Rondo: plus-22 in 80 minutes

Washington ready to close the door

With the Wizards up in the series 2-0, they know no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 hole. Even more daunting for the Raptors? Only three teams have ever come back to win a best-of-7 after losing the first two games at home. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Mavericks take the lead

A Tyson Chandler bucket and J.J. Barea layup and the Rockets, who were humming in the first quarter, are suddenly down 3 in the second. Houston only has 7 second-quarter points midway through the period. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Mavs closing in on Rockets

After giving up 42 points in the first (and having two point guards banged up), Dallas has closed the deficit to 1 point early in the second. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Monta having it all

Despite a 42-point quarter from Houston, Monta Ellis capped off an 8-0 run with back-to-back 3s to cut Dallas' 12-point deficit to 6 after one. Live on ESPN

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Filed to ESPN: Adam Silver told me pregame that NBA will have "full-throated conversations" this summer regarding rules to ban Hack-a-Shaq.

Dallas bench staying with it

The Mavericks' starters have been outscored 27-16 with under 3 minutes left in the first but Dallas' bench has chipped in for 8 early points as Houston's lead is 7. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Mavs' Felton asks out of game

Raymond Felton was pawing at his right knee early in the game and just asked to come out. Devin Harris replaced him on the court. The Rockets are up 3 early in the game. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Raymond Felton will be making the start at point guard for the Mavericks. His teams are 6-10 in the playoffs when he gets the start.

Mavericks hoping for repeat history

Dallas is a paltry 1-8 when trailing 2-0 in a series. The good news is that the one win came against Houston in 2005. For the Rockets? This is their first 2-0 series lead since 2007 -- a series they ended up losing in seven games to the Jazz. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Raymond Felton is starting at point guard for Mavs. Joined by Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler in lineup.


Tonight's Slate: • Houston at Dallas, 7PM ET, ESPN • Toronto at Washington, 8PM ET, ESPN2 • Los Angeles at San Antonio, 930PM ET, ESPN

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Missed this quote from Kyrie on J.R. Smith last night: "He's our 9-1-1 guy. At the end of the shot clock, he's hitting tough shots"