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Houston Rockets take 3-0 series lead behind James Harden's 42 points
Houston Rockets take 3-0 series lead behind James Harden's 42 points

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 130-128, on Friday night in Dallas for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. The most-valuable-player candidate played a dominating role after deferring to Howard and role players in the first two wins, putting the Rockets on the verge of their first playoff series victory since Howard joined Harden two years ago. The high-scoring game was Dallas' first without effectively banished point guard Rajon Rondo, and Monta Ellis had a playoff career-high 34 points to match Dirk Nowitzki. But Ellis missed a potential tying...

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