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James Harden scores 42 to lead Rockets to 3-0 series lead over Dallas
James Harden scores 42 to lead Rockets to 3-0 series lead over Dallas

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 for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. The MVP 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. Ellis, though, missed a potential tying jumper just before the...

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