Scouting report: vs. Dallas
When/where: 7 p.m. today; Toyota Center. TV/radio: ATTSW, NBA; 790 AM, 740 AM, 850 AM (Spanish), 101.7 FM (Spanish).
Rockets (32-23) update: They have recorded 10-plus steals in eight of the past 13 games, after doing so six times through the first 42. … Guard James Harden has scored 40-plus points in 15 of the past 23 games and 21 times this season, which is more than the next three highest-ranked players have combined. Saturday marked Harden’s 70th career 40-point game, but the first in which he was outscored by an opposing player, with Paul George pouring in 45. … Guard Chris Paul averaged 16.5 points and 10 assists with just 2.5 turnovers his last two games. … Forward Kenneth Faried has recorded four consecutive double-doubles, which is one game shy of tying the longest streak of his career. He is shooting 69.8 percent from the floor the last five games, after shooting 56.4 percent in his first five games as a Rocket.
Mavericks (26-29) update: They are shooting 44 percent their past six games, which ranks 25th in the NBA. … The Mavs are averaging 5.5 steals their past 15 games, the fewest in the NBA. … Rockets haven’t lost a season series to Dallas since going 1-3 in 2012-13 (two ties since then). … Mavericks are averaging 117.5 points (51.8 percent FGs); the Rockets are averaging 106 points (45.7 percent). … Dallas is shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range. … Rookie guard Luca Doncic is averaging a team-high 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and two steals against the Rockets this season. Doncic has seven games with 30-plus points, 29 games with 20-plus points and three triple-doubles. … Guard Courtney Lee played two seasons for the Rockets from 2010-12 and averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Statistically speaking: 6 — the assists Chris Paul needs to surpass Gary Payton (8,966) for eighth most in NBA history.