James Harden scored 17 points, and the Rockets beat the Mavericks 111-108 in a preseason opener for both teams on Tuesday night that was featured 81 fouls.
On a night when Houston was without leading scorer James Harden, Dirk Nowitzki scored 38 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds. Unfortunately for Dallas, it didn’t matter.
Houston and Dallas combined to shoot nearly 57 percent from the floor as the Mavs rallied from 18 down to top the Rockets 123-120.
With a loss to the Phoenix Suns and a win by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks have been eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons.
Having lost the ‘front end of a doubleheader’ by giving up 136 points to Houston, the Mavs had no choice but to alter their approach. The result: Dallas 112, Houston 108.
James Harden drove to the basket with his potent left hand, intent on breaking a late tie against the Dallas Mavericks. His layup attempt never reached the rim.
Kevin Durant scored 18 points and James Harden added 16 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to an 88-66 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
As the clock ticks to October 31, the last day for extensions for the class of 2009, James Harden has made his position perfectly clear. He wants to stay in Oklahoma City.
The Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title. The difference now? LeBron James isn’t letting his head get in the way of his talent.
After a labor related splintered season, the NBA Finals is quite the perfect storm. In a battle of epic meteorological proportions, the Thunder takes on the Heat. But more importantly, this is the matchup that seems to be the one most of the basketball universe wants to see.
When James Harden, the 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the third overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft, he could be considered almost clean shaven in comparison to how he appears now, rocking his celebrated buccaneer beard.
Kevin Durant was determined to not let the Oklahoma City Thunder lose another playoff game at home to Dallas.