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Mavericks host Rockets, MVP candidate James Harden on Tuesday

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, and Dallas Mavericks forward Wesley Matthews chase down a loose ball in the Oct. 30 game in Houston.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, and Dallas Mavericks forward Wesley Matthews chase down a loose ball in the Oct. 30 game in Houston. AP

Rockets at Mavericks

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM; Univision/1270 AM (Spanish)

Records: Rockets 23-9, Mavericks 9-22

About the Rockets: After Monday night’s 131-115 home win over Phoenix, the Rockets have won 12 of their last 14 games. … James Harden is a serious contender to grab MVP honors this season. Harden is fifth in the NBA in scoring (27.4 points per game), first in assists (11.9 assists per game), and also averages 7.9 rebounds. … Eric Gordon is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range, and Ryan Anderson averages 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds and is shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. … The Rockets will likely shatter the league’s record for 3-point attempts in a season. They’re first in the league in 3-point attempts per game (39.3) and fifth in 3-point accuracy (37.8 percent). … Sitting third in the Western Conference behind Golden State and San Antonio, the Rockets rank second in the NBA in scoring at 112.9 ppg.

About the Mavericks: This is the final home game of the year for the Mavs, who lost 111-104 at New Orleans on Monday. … Defense has been the Mavs’ calling card this season. They’re fifth in the NBA in fewest points allowed at 99.6 ppg. In their last four wins, the Mavs held Denver (92), Sacramento (79), Portland (95) and the Los Angeles Clippers (88) to 95 points or less. … But the Mavs rank last in the league in scoring at 94.1 ppg. … This is the final meeting of the season with the Rockets. Houston has won the first three: 106-98 on Oct. 28 in Dallas, 93-92 on Oct. 30 in Houston and 109-87 on Dec. 10 in Houston.

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