Josh Smith of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball against the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki Thursday night at the AAC.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Preview: Mavs Return To Houston For Game 5

The Dallas Mavericks proved too proud to suffer a four-game sweep against one of their in-state rivals, though a cold shooting night from the Houston Rockets certainly helped.

04/28/2015

Dirk Nowitzki #41 and Monta Ellis #11 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrate a made basket against the Houston Rockets during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 in Dallas. (credit: Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nowitzki Still Working With Mavs In Trouble Against Rockets

As usual, Dirk Nowitzki stayed on the practice court long after the rest of the Dallas players, shooting jumper after jumper on a day between first-round playoff games against Houston. Never mind that the Mavericks trailed 3-0 in the series.

04/27/2015

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Source: No Suspension For Tyson For Mavs ‘Punch’

Center Tyson Chandler will not be suspended for Tuesday’s Game 5 of his Mavs vs.Rockets series in Houston.

04/27/2015

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Ellis, Barea Keep Mavs Alive With 121-109 Win Over Rockets

Monta Ellis scored 31 points, J.J. Barea had 17 points and 13 assists and the Mavericks avoided elimination with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

04/26/2015

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Mavs’ Carlisle Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Refs After Loss

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 on Saturday for criticizing officials after a loss to Houston that left Dallas trailing 3-0 in a first-round playoff series.

04/25/2015

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Dwight Howard’s Physical Play Irks Mavs’ Carlisle

Dwight Howard had little problem dominating Dallas on Friday night in Game 3. Mavericks’ head coach Rick Carlisle has a problem with how he did it.

04/24/2015

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Rockets Escape Dallas 130-128; Take 3-0 Series Lead

James Harden led the Houston Rockets with 42 points as Houston escaped Dallas with a 130-128 win at the American Airlines Center on Friday night.

04/24/2015

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Carlisle Doesn’t Expect Rondo To Play For Mavs Again

Point guard Rajon Rondo has played his last game with the Dallas Mavericks — at least according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

04/23/2015

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Mavs Chandler Parsons Out For Playoffs, Rest Of Season

The Dallas Mavericks have announced that Chandler Parsons is out for the remainder of the season and is exploring surgical options to address his right knee injury.

04/22/2015

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely For Dallas Mavericks

The team confirms guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely due to a back injury.

04/22/2015

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5 Telling Stats From Mavs-Rockets Series

The opening round of the NBA Playoffs has not been kind to the Dallas Mavericks. Here are five statistics that tell the story of Mavericks vs Rockets.

04/22/2015

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21:  Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets drives past Al-Farouq Aminu #7 of the Dallas Mavericks for a dunk in the first half during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Howard & Harden Lead Rockets Over Mavs 111-99

Rajon Rondo of Dallas got into foul trouble early, and didn’t play after picking up his fourth with more than 11 minutes left in the third quarter. He finished with just four points.

04/21/2015