The Rockets may have blown away the Mavs on Sunday, but they certainly don't expect the same to happen when the two teams face off again on Wednesday.
Houston won 136-103 on Sunday night. Chandler Parsons scored 32 points on a nearly perfect night, shooting 12-13 from the field. James Harden had no turnovers on the way to 21 points and seven assists. Jeremy Lin had 21 points, nine assists, and only two turnovers. Omer Asik had his customary double double with a career-high five steals.
It felt like a perfect storm. It's hard to expect that perfect storm to repeat itself so soon against the same team.
"I'm sure it's difficult," Harden said. "It's tough in this league to beat the same team two times in a row, back to back, so we've got to get our rest, look at the film to see what we did and what we didn't do, and try to go up there to Dallas and get a win."
Parsons echoed his teammate's sentiments.
"A dogfight," Parsons said. "It's going to be a tough game and it'll be one of the toughest games all season. With them coming off this, and they're always tough at home, we obviously haven't won there in a long time, but we're a whole new team and we're prepared to go in there and expect a dogfight."
Parsons is probably right that this game will probably motivate the Mavericks to bounce back because Dallas certainly wasn't happy with their effort. Dirk Nowitzki labeled the Mavs' defense as "embarrassing," saying it was pretty much a lay-up drill for the Rockets.
Rick Carlisle also wasn't happy with the team's fight.
"We fought hard the first half," Carlisle said. "In the third quarter, we didn't. We didn't fight hard enough. And that was the difference in the game.
"We have two days of practice, so we'll work on some things, but really, this game was all about disposition and attitude. And they had the stronger disposition and the stronger attitude and we've got to change that," Carlisle said.
"We didn't play well," Carlisle added. "And I'm disappointed and all the guys in there (the locker room) are disappointed too. We've got two days to fix it. And this is a good team we're playing. So it's going to be work."