Houston Rockets 117 Dallas Mavericks 115-Recap

Jan 29, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

 

7 years couldn’t have waited any longer. The Houston Rockets were able to break the Dallas curse, despite 38 points from Dirk Nowitzki, as they avoided a late game meltdown to hold on for a 117-115 win, marking their first win at American Airlines Center since the 2006-2007 season.

Playing without James Harden for the second straight night, 7 players scored in double digits. Chandler Parsons led the way for the Rockets, scoring 26 points, while Dwight Howard finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Jeremy Lin turned in his 2nd good performance in a row, with 18 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. Terrence Jones also added 16 points and rebounds, while Donatas Motiejunas played key minutes off the bench, with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Rockets were in a groove offensively all night, shooting 55 percent(41-74) from the field, 43 percent(9 for 21) from behind the 3-point line and scored 56 points in the paint. Yet, the Dallas curse was not going to be that easy to break.

Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Terrence Jones, PF 32 7-10 0-0 2-4 2 3 5 1 2 0 2 5 -2 16
Chandler Parsons, SF 39 9-17 2-6 6-9 1 3 4 5 1 0 2 5 +1 26
Dwight Howard, C 36 6-10 0-0 9-11 0 5 5 1 1 1 4 4 -3 21
Patrick Beverley, PG 36 3-8 3-6 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 0 5 5 -9 11
Jeremy Lin, PG 37 8-14 2-3 0-0 1 6 7 7 1 0 2 3 +1 18
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 26 4-5 0-0 4-6 4 9 13 0 0 0 1 4 +5 12
Ronnie Brewer, SF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omri Casspi, SF 12 1-3 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 +5 2
Aaron Brooks, PG 22 3-7 2-5 3-4 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 2 +12 11
Greg Smith, PF DNP SORE RIGHT KNEE
Robert Covington, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
James Harden, SG DNP BRUISED LEFT THUMB
Francisco Garcia, SG DNP SORE LEFT KNEE
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
41-74 9-21 26-36 10 32 42 24 8 1 17 29 117
55.4% 42.9% 72.2%
Fast break points:   15
Points in the paint:   56
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   18 (19)

Dallas Mavericks

STARTERS MIN FG 3P FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dirk Nowitzki, PF 35 13-21 1-3 11-11 4 13 17 3 0 0 2 1 +6 38
Shawn Marion, SF 29 3-10 0-1 0-0 5 2 7 1 1 0 2 3 -2 6
Samuel Dalembert, C 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 +1 2
Jose Calderon, PG 37 2-12 2-7 2-3 1 2 3 5 1 1 0 3 +5 8
Monta Ellis, SG 31 3-10 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 0 4 5 +3 6
BENCH MIN FG 3P FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Brandan Wright, PF 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 -3 6
Jae Crowder, SF 10 0-1 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -12 0
DeJuan Blair, C 24 5-9 0-0 3-3 0 5 5 0 1 1 1 3 0 13
Devin Harris, PG 25 5-8 0-2 4-6 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 5 -6 14
Vince Carter, SG 26 5-9 2-4 10-11 0 3 3 3 0 1 3 3 -2 22
Bernard James, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
Shane Larkin, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Wayne Ellington, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
40-86 5-19 30-36 13 28 41 20 5 4 14 29 115
46.5% 26.3% 83.3%
Fast break points:   11
Points in the paint:   50
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (18)

 

With the Rockets up 116-104 after a Lin layup, both Motiejunas and Beverley would foul 3-point shooters on back-to-back possessions. Vince Carter then drained a 3 to cap off an 9-0 run to bring the Mavericks within 116-113. After Parsons missed a jumper with 40 seconds left, Howard was called for a loose ball foul, leading to 2 made free throws by Nowitzki to cut the lead to 2.

But the Rockets would turn the ball over on the inbounds play as Jose Calderon stole a pass in the backcourt that deflected off of Aaron Brooks. Calderon would miss 2 3-pointers on the final possession to seal the win for the Rockets.

 

 

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Houston Rockets News, NBA Houston Rockets

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