Houston Rockets down Dallas Mavericks in Game 1; James Harden leads way


After winning their first division championship in over 20 years, the Houston Rockets are set to square off with their division rivals, the Dallas Mavericks. The first game will be Saturday night at the Toyota Center at 8:30 p.m. 

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets posed too many problems for the Mavericks in Game 1, constantly finding advantageous matchups and seeing their role players step up for a 118-108 win on Saturday. In retrospect 

It's looking as if the Rockets will trade picks due to a conditional deal with the Pelicans for Omer Asik, putting Houston at pick 18 for the time being. The front office has plenty of options with players like Justise Winslow, Zhou Qi, Kelly Oubre Jr

Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) is blocked by Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) as he tries to score during the first quarter of game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Houston. Houston Rockets' James

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets posed too many problems for the Mavericks in Game 1, constantly finding advantageous matchups and seeing their role players step up for a 118-108 win on Saturday. In retrospect