Highlights: Rockets fall to Mavericks
The Rockets’ first game with Kevin McHale back on the sidelines was adventurous. They fell behind by 19 points early, fought back valiantly, took an 11-point lead in the fourth, only to see the Mavs storm back for the 116-109 win.
James Harden fought off an ankle he hurt in the first half to have 39 points.
Toney Douglas had just hit a three to cut the Mavs' lead to 109-107 with 56.4 seconds left. Dallas responded with a red hot, wide open OJ Mayo burying a triple. Too much Mayo on this night (40 pts) meant a Rockets loss.
From the field
The Rockets shot 35-of-72 for a 48.6-percent rate. Led by Harden’s four threes, the team shot 12-for-35 from the outside (34.3 percent).
At the line
The Rockets had a pedestrian game from the charity stripe, going 27-for-38 (71 percent percent). Harden, though, was his usual stellar self, going 15-for-16.
Harden had a driving dunk in the final minute of the first quarter.
It’s safe to say a really tough test awaits the Rockets. The Spurs come into the Toyota Center on Monday. It was only this past Friday when the Spurs had their way with the Rockets 114-92.