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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

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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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

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.

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

I maybe wrong but James harden maybe the best at getting to the lane he makes it look so easy and smooth

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Harden goes coast-to-coast and picks up his 16th point of the evening. Mavs need a timeout. Home team leads, 72-62.

Derrick Rose on playoff return
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After his first playoff game in 3 years, the Bulls star said: "It felt good. It felt normal. I'm grateful to be playing again, playing with my teammates that I have right now. They're allowing me to play the way that I normally play and it's an honor, man."

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Charlie Villanueva finally gets into a playoff game. His 594 regular season games without a playoff game were the most among active players

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Half: Rockets 59, Mavs 55. James Harden 12 points, 7 assists Dirk Nowitzki 12 points, 4 rebounds Rajon Rondo 11 points, 4 assists

Texas two-step
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The in-state neighbors have seemingly agreed to trade quarters. Houston cruised 32-19 in the first. Then Dallas dosey-doed in the second, outscoring the Rockets 36-27. Rajon Rondo was responsible for 17 of those 36 Mavs points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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