Highlights: Rockets fall to Mavs
This early in the season, the Houston Rockets probably have a few too many games they feel like they let slip away. None would stand out more than their Wednesday night loss in Dallas, 123-120. A game they led nearly the entire ballgame, was lost in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks piled up 36 fourth quarter points on 14-of-19 shooting (74 percent)
Dwight Howard had his best offensive night in a Rockets uniform with 33 points, as he connected on his first 11 shots and made 9-of-13 free throws.
Chandler Parsons matched his career high assists with 11 and 21 points.
The Mavericks top two scorers were sensational with Monta Ellis scoring 37 points and Dirk Nowitzki adding 35 points. Nowitzki led the Mavericks comeback, who trailed by as many as 18 in the game, with 14 fourth quarter points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Slow starts no more
The Rockets have now held the lead after the first quarter in all five games since Terrence Jones moved into the starting lineup. They did that just three times in eight games before the switch. They also scored 40 points in the quarter for the second night in a row. Last night they hit 16-of-20 shots (80 percent). Against the Mavericks, Houston made 15-of-20 shots (75 percent).
Over their last five games, the Rockets had seen a major upswing in their 3-point shooting, connecting on 42-of-111 shots (38 percent). Houston had shot less than 30 percent in each of the five games prior to that. In their torrid first half, they made 7-of-14 3-pointers. They made just 5-of-17 3-pointers in the second half.
The game was over when...
Jose Calderon made two free throws with less than ten seconds left, just after Shawn Marion hit a 3-pointer from the corner. That Marion shot, gave the Mavericks their first lead since 4-2 in the first quarter. The Rockets desperation 3-pointer from James Harden was not close, although it did appear Marion was attempting to foul him, but the whistle was not blown.
The Rockets (8-5) will be back home on Saturday night to face the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-6). Houston won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, but have lost three of their last four games to Minnesota at Toyota Center.