Dallas Mavericks

GameDay: Rockets at Mavericks, Game 3

Dwight Howard led the Rockets’ dunk parade in Game 2.
Dwight Howard led the Rockets’ dunk parade in Game 2. AP

Rockets at Mavericks

6 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas


Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540 AM (Spanish)

Series: Rockets lead 2-0 (best-of-seven).

About the Rockets: Some 94 percent of the teams in NBA history that have led a best-of-seven series 2-0 have gone on to win that series. The Rockets led the Mavericks 2-0 in the first round of the 2005 playoffs, before losing the series in seven games. … The Rockets made 39 field goals in Game 2, and 14 were dunks. That ties the 2001 Shaquille O’Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers for the most dunks by one team in a playoff game in the past 15 seasons. Dwight Howard accounted for seven of those dunks, including five in the fourth quarter.

About the Mavericks: Injuries have hit Dallas at the worst time. Small Forward Chandler Parsons learned Wednesday that he will need season-ending surgery on his right knee, and coach Rick Carlisle said point guard Rajon Rondo has a back issue and that he doesn’t think the nine-year veteran will be back. … With no Rondo, point guards Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton can expect to log heavy minutes. … With no Parsons, the minutes for Richard Jefferson, Al-Farouq Aminu and Charlie Villanueva will likely all escalate. … The Mavericks will also host Game 4 of this series at 8 p.m. Sunday night. — Dwain Price

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