The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks will extend their in-state rivalry into the postseason tonight in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets will host the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. CST at the Toyota Center. The game will be aired live on ESPN. If you want to watch online, Watch ESPN will provide a live stream.
The No. 2 Rockets (56-26), champions of the Southwest Division are led by MVP candidate James Harden. The league’s second-leading scorer is averaging 27.4 points, seven assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. Center Dwight Howard (15.8 ppg, 10.5 rebounds) is also back in the fold after missing two months with a knee injury earlier in the season. Sharp-shooter Trevor Ariza (12.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), Donatas Motiejunas (12 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Josh Smith (12 ppg, 6 rpg, 2.6 apg), Corey Brewer (11.9 ppg) and Terrence Jones (11.7 ppg) are also averaging double-figures in scoring.
Monta Ellis (18.9 ppg, 4.1 apg) leads the way for the seventh-seeded Mavericks (50-32) followed by Dirk Nowitzki (17.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Chandler Parsons (15.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Amar’e Stoudemire (11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Tyson Chandler (10.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg.
Point guard Rajon Rondo leads the team, averaging 6.5 assists to go along with 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Satellite radio subscribers can catch the game on SiriusXM NBA Radio (XM Channel 86/Sirius Channel 207).
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