Rockets at Mavericks
8 p.m. Sunday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: KTXA/21, TNT
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
Series: Rockets lead 3-0
About the Rockets: Up 3-0 in the series, life is good for the the Rockets. No team in NBA history has blown a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. … Whatever roadblocks the Mavericks have put in Houston’s way, the Rockets have had the wherewithal to barrel through them. … James Harden broke out of a shooting slump in Game 3 in a big way. Harden scored a career playoff-high 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting. In the first two games of this series Harden was only 9-of-28 from the field. … Dwight Howard, who the Mavericks tried to acquire via free agency two summers ago, had 13 points, 26 rebounds and two blocks in Game 3. … Unless they wind up on the short end of history, the Rockets will play the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Clippers series.
About the Mavericks: Since no one has rallied from a 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, Dallas is looking to make history.. But in order to do that, the Mavericks need to start rebounding better, being more efficient on defense and win their share of the 50/50 balls. … Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points Friday on 10-of-19 shooting. It was the most Nowitzki has scored in a game this season. … Monta Ellis also had 34 points for a career playoff-high, to go with a career playoff-high nine assists in Game 3. Ellis was 15-of-25 from the field. … J.J. Barea came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds and nine assists in only 25 minutes. … In the first round in 2003, the Mavericks were up 3-0 against Portland, but the Blazers came back to tie the series 3-3 before Dallas won Game 7.