The Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in an overtime thriller Friday to open both teams' Disney schedules. Here are five takeaways:
We'll take 7 of these
Given that Dallas and Houston are currently the Western Conference's fifth and seventh seeds, it's unlikely we'll get a Mavs-Rockets playoff series, but we can still dream. Both teams are two games back of the third and sixth seeds, respectively, and even a 4 vs. 5 matchup isn't completely off the table. And unless you're a defensive purist who can't stand the sight of torched buckets, you should be hoping these two teams find their way to each other come playoff time.
Take away the 24 points scored in overtime Friday and the Rockets and Mavs still combined to average 262.3 points across three matchups this season. They rank No. 1 and No. 2 in offensive efficiency - with Dallas actually owning the best offensive rating of all time (115.9 points per 100 possessions) - as well as No. 1 and No. 2 in 3-point attempt rate.
Between triple-double machines like Luka Doncic, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, both teams boast prolific superstars capable of posting crooked numbers that memorable playoff runs are made of. Even Kristaps Porzingis is averaging roughly 32 points and 14 rebounds against the Rockets this season.
When there are this many points on the board and this many shots going up, stars are going to feast.
Fear the bubble beard