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).

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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.

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