The Mavericks wbeat Thunder 135-131. Ellis scores 26 points, Chandler scores a double-double (14points,10 rebounds), Rondo scores 10 points and 10 assists. Westbrook scores a triple-double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists), Kanter scores a double-double (30 points and 16 rebounds) for the Thunder. Coach Carlisle:
It was a great basketball game. Every once in a while, you stand over there and you say, ‘This is an unbelievable game to be a part of,’ and it was. The extreme momentum swings back and forth – the shot making was breathtaking.
I think we just got beat on a lot of pick-and-rolls, and I think we just have to work on it.
Being patient and staying aggressive and just trying to make some big plays down the stretch for our team. We all know how important this game was. We needed this win in a bad way.
The Rockets wins 111-99. Howard scores a double-double (28 points and 12 rebounds) and Harden scores 24 points. Ellis scores 24 points for the Mavericks. Houston leads West First Round Series 2-0.
Harden on Smith friendship:
Man, like they were little boys again.
We just saw something, a little wrinkle in their defense and we just tried to take advantage of it.
Howard on Game 2 success:
I don’t care about how many points I get, my job is to make sure I dominate the paint.
Coach Carlisle on Dallas loss:
Those are a problem. We’ve going to have to find a way to better combat that.
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.