Rockets get win in Dallas
The Rockets had lost their last seven games in Dallas and despite holding a 12-point lead with less than three minutes remaining, this one still wasn't sewn up until the final buzzer sounded. The Rockets saw all but two points of that lead get shaved off and had to watch Jose Calderon, one of the league's best 3-point shooters miss a pair of game-winning shot attempts on the final possession, before Houston could claim a 117-115 victory.
Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 26 points and for the second night in a row, Jeremy Lin was the catalyst in the fourth quarter ensuring the Rockets would get the win. Lin had six points in the fourth quarter, all on drives to the basket in the half court, and found Pat Beverley for a huge 3-pointer late in the period to help build the Rockets 12-point lead.
The Rockets played their second consecutive game without James Harden and got a huge effort from Donatas Motiejunas off the bench with 12 points and a career high 13 rebounds.
The game was over when
Jose Calderon missed not one, but two 3-pointers on the Mavericks final possession with the Rockets clinging to a 117-115 lead.
Highlight of the night
With the Rockets trying to hang onto the lead as the third quarter was coming to a close, Houston forced a Mavericks miss with six seconds remaining in the quarter. Donatas Motiejunas grabbed the rebound, dribbled it up court to Aaron Brooks, who then found Parsons for a flying dunk to end the quarter and give the Rockets a 91-85 lead after three quarters.
Numbers of the night
Dwight Howard endured yet another team's attempt at slowing down Houston's offense with the intentional fouls. Howard hit 9-of-11 free throws in the game and for the second night in a row, the strategy worked for Houston, not their opponent.
Houston will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night for their lone visit to Houston. The Rockets have won six consecutive games against Cleveland in Houston, including last year's 116-78 blowout victory. Cleveland is 16-29 and have lost 14 of their last 20.