Highlights: Rockets fall to Mavericks
For the first time this season, the Rockets were without both members of their original starting backcourt, Pat Beverley and James Harden. They used their seventh different starting lineup, but unfortunately it was a lineup that struggled to stop the Mavericks, as Dallas made it two in a row over Houston, 111-104.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, thwarting any hopes of a Rockets rally.
Houston held an 11-point lead late in the second quarter, but the Mavs outscored them by 22 points over the next 11 minutes to grab their own 11-point lead. With the Rockets unable to get consistent stops on a night Dallas shot 51 percent, they could not put a run together to significantly close the gap.
Dwight Howard narrowly missed having his second consecutive game scoring 30 or more points, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting and he grabbed 15 rebounds.
Highlight of the night
Chandler Parsons found Dwight Howard hanging out above the rim and hit him with a beautiful alley-oop, it cut the Mavericks lead to 1 at 69-68. Unfortunately Dallas went on a 7-0 run immediately after that bucket.
The game was over when
Dirk Nowitzki caught fire in the fourth quarter. Dallas ran the same play about four times in arrow and Nowitzki on the baseline was the play. He was 3-of-5 in the quarter and scored 10 points in the final quarter.
Numbers of the night
Jeremy Lin returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with back spasms. He scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Houston travels to San Antonio for a Christmas day game. It’s the second of four meetings with Houston winning the first game in San Antonio on November 30, 112-106. James Harden had 31 points to lead the Rockets and Terrence Jones had a career high 16 rebounds. Houston had a 23-point lead in the second quarter, only to fall behind by five points, 90-85 in the fourth quarter, before rallying to win.