NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Houston|
(Saturday, December 8th)
Final Score: Dallas 116, Houston 109
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo netted 16 of his game-high 40 points
in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks rallied for a 116-109 win over
the Houston Rockets on Saturday at Toyota Center.
Mayo buried six 3-pointers and pulled down eight rebounds, while Chris Kaman
added 20 points and seven boards for the Mavericks, who have won eight
straight against their intrastate rivals.
Darren Collison and Vince Carter donated 12 points apiece in the victory.
"I was just focused on time and scoring," Mayo said. "Trying to get to .500
was very important for us and we got there and we have keep continuing to
build off of that."
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale returned to the sideline for the first time
since taking a leave of absence on Nov. 10. It was later revealed that his 23-
year-old daughter Alexandra, who had battled Lupus, unexpectedly passed away
on Nov. 24.
The home side played inspired basketball for McHale as James Harden netted a
team-high 39 points and Chandler Parsons added 18 points and 10 rebounds, but
it all unraveled in the final quarter for Houston, which has lost three of
its last five.
Dallas trailed 96-85 with 9:25 to play in the final quarter, but climbed out
of that deficit with a 17-4 surge, capped by a Brandan Wright slam with 4:18
to play, which put the visitors ahead, 102-100.
Parsons sank a free throw to make it 102-101, but a pair of free throws and a
triple by Mayo put Dallas up 107-101 with 2:49 to go.
Toney Douglas swished home a trey with 1:01 left to make it a two-point game,
but on the next Mavs possession, defensive miscommunication by the Rockets
left Mayo wide open at the top of the arc and he buried the trey to put Dallas
up 112-107 with 38.4 seconds remaining.
Patrick Patterson again made it a one-possession game on the other end, but
Mayo put the dagger in the hearts of the Rockets on the ensuing drive with a
driving layup for a 114-109 edge.
"We've got to get more emotion and more thrust in our offense, especially down
the stretch," McHale said. "We have to play with more pace in the fourth
Jeremy Lin drained a deep 3-ball early on to tie the game at 6-6, but the
Mavericks responded with 13 consecutive points to grab a 19-6 lead with 5:55
left in the opening quarter.
A pair of free throws by Harden put an end to the run, but Dallas was in
control for the rest of the frame as a 3-ball from the top of the arc gave
the visitors a 39-20 lead. Dallas led 39-24 heading into the second quarter.
Jae Crowder netted a 20-footer with just over a minute gone in the second
stanza to make it 43-26, but the Rockets answered with an incredible 26-9
surge to tie the game at 52.
Harden netted 11 points on his own during the run, which was capped by a
corner 3-ball by Carlos Delfino with 4:49 to go before the break.
Omer Asik hit 1-of-2 from the line to give the Rockets a 55-54 advantage with
3:52 to go and the home side held a 66-63 lead at the intermission.
Kaman cut the deficit to one with a jumper on the Mavs first possession of the
second half, but the Rockets pulled away a bit, using a 10-2 flurry to build
the lead to 76-67 with 6:26 to go in the period.
Dallas sliced the deficit to three on several occasions during the quarter,
but the Rockets held an 89-84 edge heading into the final quarter.
Dallas shot 48.6 percent overall and 12-of-35 from three-point range, while
Houston hit 47.3 percent of its shots ... Lin finished with seven points,
while Douglas added 13 points for Houston ... Houston turned the ball over 20
times, which led to 21 Dallas points.
12/08 23:57:16 ET