The Knicks defeat the defending champions Dallas Mavericks. Lin has 28 points and 14 assists in the victory. For the Mavericks, Nowitzki drops 34 points and 5 rebounds. Lin:
This is helpful to us, not just to me but to us, just to be able to see where our team can go and what we can become, and I think that’s the biggest takeaway from tonight
Mavericks guard Terry:
I think they found something in Lin, and they’re starting to piece together a team that can beat anyone
The Rockets beat the Mavericks 108-101. Harden scores 24 points, Ariza scores 19 points, and Smith scores a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds). Nowitzki scores 21 points, Chandler scores eight points for the Mavericks. Harden on Howard’s comeback:
Having ‘Big Fella’ back today kind of helped us out a little bit, We’ve got to get his rhythm going ’cause we’re going to need him in the postseason.
Howard on knee protection:
There was a point in the game where I got kneed in my knee, but gotta go back to the Hakeem knee pads now, The most important thing is for me to stay healthy and kind of get into a rhythm for these last couple of games, then in the playoffs, really stride out.
I feel like in the second half we slowed our tempo down. I think we had them on their heels in the first half.
The Warriors win 123-111. Curry scores 11 points, Thompson scores 21 points. Nowiztki scores 18 points and Chandler has 13 rebounds for the Mavericks. Coach Kerr on Warriors record:
Great scene in there, and I wasn’t really thinking about the significance of the record. Those guys were. They presented me the ball, and how lucky am I to coach these guys in my first year? Ridiculous.
Coach Carlisle on Dallas’ consecutive loses:
We don’t think it’s serious.
Igoudala on Golden State reserves performance:
We’ve got a thirsty bench. Really thirsty. I don’t know if there’s enough water.
Livingston on flagrant foul in Nowitzki:
He kind of sat back to create space with his lower area, and it was just bad timing. Eleven years in the league, I haven’t had a dirty play. It looked worse than it actually was.
The Rockets win 118-108. Harden scores 24 points, Brewer scores 15 points and Howard 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Nowitzki scores 24 points, Chandler scores a double-double (11 points and 18 rebounds) for the Mavericks. Houston leads First Round West Series 1-0. Harden:
That’s means everybody’s touching the basketball, everybody’s getting involved and they can’t only just stop one person. They put two on the ball, me I make the pocket pass, I made the easy play and had confidence in my teammates to make the next one.
Nowitzki on Maverick’s loss:
You’ve got to give the other guys credit. Obviously, we were paying a lot of attention to James, but they made some plays off the pick-and-rolls. It’s just too easy.
It’s all about Game 1. You have to get Game 1, especially when you have homecourt advantage. For us, it was big to get a win. We got a win, and now we’ve got to get Game 2.
The Rockets win 130-128. Harden scores 42 points, nine assists, Howard has 26 rebounds, Smith scores 18 points and Brewer scores 15points. Nowitzki scores 34 points for the Mavericks. Houston leads 3-0 West First Round Series.
Harden on Howard:
He was a beast. He was a beast. Go ahead.
Tonight wasn’t my night to score. I was OK with that. But the one thing that I can always control is the paint and just try to get every rebound.
It was an up-and-down game, shot-making and play-making all over the place. This ranks up there with the toughest playoffs losses I’ve had in my long playoff career.
It was a hell of a game if you like offense. If you like defense, maybe not so much.
The Mavericks win 121-109. Ellis scores 31 points, Barea scores 17 points, 13 assists, Aminu scores 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nowitzki scores 16 points and Chandler scores ten points and 14 rebounds. Harden scores 24 points and Howard scores 13 points for the Rockets. Houston leads West First Round Series 3-1.
Ellis on Mavericks win:
We weren’t ready to go home.
Howard on Rockets Game 4 loss:
We’re very upset about the way we handled ourselves tonight. It’s not becoming of a championship team. It starts with myself and James. We’ve got to do a better job from the beginning of the game to the end of the game of leading our team.
We’re going to fight. “We’re not going to quit. We’ve got to go to Houston, and we’ve got to bring it back to Dallas.
It’s a big play. When you’re at home, you’ve got to keep the energy up, you’ve got to keep the aggression up and you’ve got to do it in a way that’s clean. It was a hard foul. There was no intent to hurt anybody.
The Rockets win 103-94. Harden scores 28 points, Howard scores a double-double (18 points, 19 rebounds) and Jones scores 15 points. Ellis scores 25 points and Nowitzki scores 22 points for the Mavericks. Houston win West First Round Series 4-1.
Harden on playoff victory:
It’s just the beginning. We’ve got bigger goals than this.
We’ve worked extremely hard through a lot of adversity through the season. To make it to the next round is big, but the job is not complete.
Chandler on Dallas loss:
We dug ourselves in a hole by falling down 0-3. It was an uphill battle from there.