Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis scored a season-high 37 points
with eight assists and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 35 points in the fourth
quarter to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 123-120 comeback win over the
Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Shawn Marion and Jose Calderon each netted 13 points for Dallas, which
maintained its perfection at home.
The Mavericks trailed 101-87 after three quarters but Nowitzki and Ellis
spearheaded a monster come back in the final stanza to extend Dallas'
winning streak to three games.
"Dirk and Ellis were great all night," said Mavericks head coach Rick
Carlisle. "Both guys were attacking, they were playing well off each other,
they were getting other people the ball."
Dwight Howard scored a season-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the
field, including 9-of-13 from the foul line, and grabbed 11 rebounds, and
James Harden chipped in with 23 points and eight assists.
Dallas opened the first 5:11 of the final quarter on a 14-3 run. Nowitzki
scored the first six points of the stanza and Ellis capped the burst with
A Howard free throw put the Rockets up 119-114 with 2:04 remaining in the game
and the Mavericks answered with a 7-0 run, which put them in front for the
first time since the opening minute of the game.
After a Nowitzki jumper, the 7-footer blocked Howard with 1:24 left, collected
the rebound, passed it up to Ellis, who found Marion at the other end for a
dunk to pull Dallas within one, 119-118.
Following a Chandler Parsons miss, Ellis found Marion again for a 3-pointer
which put the home team out in front, 121-119 with 47.9 seconds to go.
Harden then drove the lane with 9.0 seconds left and was fouled by Samuel
Dalembert, but he missed 1-of-2 free throws with the opportunity to tie the
Calderon made a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left and Harden's final
3-point attempt to tie went short as the Mavericks ended the game on an 11-2
run to finish off the comeback. The win also snapped Houston's three-game win
"We never could get a handle on them," said Rockets head coach Kevin McHale.
"We had a lead in the fourth quarter again. We just couldn't get them stopped
the whole game. Dirk and Ellis got what they wanted."
The Rockets opened the game 8-for-8 from the field in the first four minutes
to jump out to a 20-12 lead. The hot start helped them to a 40-29 advantage
after the first.
Dallas trimmed the deficit to seven, 68-61, at the break.
Parsons finished with 21 points and 11 helpers while Omri Casspi scored 11
points off the bench on 5-of-5 shooting.
Howard opened 11-for-11 from the field before his first miss with 8:18 left in
the fourth ... Dallas tied the season series up at one after losing 113-105
Nov. 1 ... Dallas shot 50 percent (11-for-22) from 3-point range while Houston
shot 38.7 percent (12-for-31) ... The Rockets welcome Minnesota to Houston on
Saturday ... Dallas wraps up a three-game homestand against Utah on Friday.
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