Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion netted 22 points
apiece in the Dallas Mavericks' 112-108 win over the Houston Rockets.
O.J. Mayo added 13 points, a career-high 12 assists and six rebounds for
Dallas, which had dropped four of its last five contests coming in.
The Mavericks have won six in a row against Houston in Big D and improved to
23-2 when Nowitzki scores at least 15 points.
James Harden was 16-of-16 from the line and finished with 28 points for the
Rockets, who had won four of their past six tilts prior to the opening tip.
Houston trailed by as many as 11 in the third, but a Harden 3-pointer at the
top of the key gave the Rockets their first lead, 104-102, since the latter
stages of the second with 3:41 to go in the fourth.
Mayo quickly answered with a triple and jumper on back-to-back Dallas
possessions before Nowitzki knocked down a jumper to give the Mavs a 109-104
edge with 1:51 remaining.
Four straight Harden foul shots pulled the visitors within a point, and the
Rockets regained possession down 110-108 with 49.9 to go after Marion split a
pair from the stripe.
Harden came up short on a step-back trey with 28.5 ticks on the clock, but
Houston got the ball back after it went out of bounds off Dallas. But Harden's
ensuing drive at the hoop was defended well by Brandan Wright and Darren
Collison sunk two foul shots to seal the win for the Mavs.
Dallas jumped out to a 34-25 advantage after one before the Rockets outscored
the Mavs 31-26 in the second to head into the break down, 60-56. Dallas headed
into the fourth with an 87-83 cushion.
Dallas turned the ball over just 11 times and recorded 35 assists on 45 made
field goals ... Vince Carter added 16 points and seven boards off the bench
for the Mavs.
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