NBA Playoffs 2015: Latest Round 1 Scores, Surprising Results and Best Highlights

April 25th, 2015 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »

The Houston Rockets pushed the Dallas Mavericks to the brink of being swept out of the first round of the NBA playoffs Friday night. Although the series shifted from H-Town to Big D for Game 3, James Harden made sure he and his teammates made themselves at home.

In the best game of the series thus far, Harden scored 42 points in leading his team to a 130-128 regulation. Defense, smeefense.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field, and the Rockets made 54 percent of their attempts from three-point range. Per the team's Twitter account, Harden talked about what it took to finish off a desperate Dallas team:

The Mavs have to find a way to curtail Harden but to also keep Dwight Howard off the glass. D12 had 26 rebounds in Game 3, with a remarkable 11 coming on the offensive glass. When a team shoots over 50 percent from the field, the last thing an opponent wants to do is give it second- and third-chance opportunities.

Howard added 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks to go with his stellar performance on the boards. Here's a look at two of his points from Ho ...

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