Nowitzki, Mavs hold off Lin-led surge for Rockets

Nowitzki, Mavs hold off Lin-led surge for Rockets
January 16, 2013, 11:06 pm
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Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) defends as Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) tries to drive to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

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DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two tiebreaking free throws and the Dallas Mavericks held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge to beat the Houston Rockets 105-100 on Wednesday night.

Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets, who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97. After Elton Brand blocked a layup attempt by Harden, Mayo hit both free throws after getting fouled on a layup at the other end.

Lin had a chance to tie the score on free throws, but missed the second of two. The Rockets got one more chance, but Harden couldn't get a good look at a layup. Nowitzki then hit two free throws for a 101-98 lead.

Dallas won its season-best fourth straight, and the Rockets lost their fifth in a row.

Harden finished with 20 points and Lin had 19.

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