Rockets Drop Last Home Game Of Season To Mavericks

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Rockets Fall To Mavericks In Overtime, 98-91

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Houston Rockets, 98-91, in overtime at Toyota Center.

“We really battled,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “We did everything we could in the regulation and (the Mavericks) kind of took over in overtime, made plays but we give our guys credit. They went after it and just came up short.”

Shawn Marion and Jason Terry both posted 21 points for Dallas, which currently holds a half-game lead over the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Conference’s second-seed with one game remaining. The Lakers still have two games left on their schedule.

“We are trying to get the number two seed,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have to play better than this if we want to get it.”

Kevin Martin paced the Rockets with a game-high 28 points. Goran Dragic scored 15 with 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Chuck Hayes scored 10 with 12 boards in the loss, Houston’s third in four games.

Houston held a 73-67 lead after a Brad Miller bucket less than a minutes into the fourth quarter. The Mavericks slowly began to chip away, and an Ian Mahinmi three-point play with 6:47 remaining tied the game at 78.

Both teams went cold for the next three minutes before a pair of Martin free throws gave the Rockets the lead. The game went back-and-forth from there.

With 10.8 seconds remaining, Nowitzki fouled Courtney Lee on a layup and he made the Mavericks pay, knocking down the shot and the free throw to put Houston on top, 86-85. Dallas then called a timeout, and out of the break Terry was sent to the line with 1.5 ticks remaining. However, he only made 1- of-2 to send the game into the extra frame.

“We had a chance with (Terry) at the line and unfortunately he missed it,” Nowitzki said. “I thought our defense was good all game. We didn’t execute in the flow of the game and had too many turnovers. The stops down the stretch in overtime won us the game.”

Dallas took the lead to open the extra period with a Tyson Chandler dunk, and the Mavericks never trailed en route to their 56th win of the season.

Houston held a 23-20 lead after one and took a 47-43 lead into the break.

Game Notes

Lee and Miller both scored 12 off the Rockets’ bench…Chandler finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in the win…Houston played without Luis Scola (knee) and Kyle Lowry (foot)…The Mavericks went 18-of-20 from the foul line.


Mavericks Give Rockets Chance To Play Spoiler

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks are still alive for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and will take on the Southwest Division-rival Houston Rockets tonight at the Toyota Center.

Dallas is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the second slot in the conference standings with two games left, and has won two straight since a four-game losing streak. In Sunday's 115-90 victory over Phoenix in Big D, Dirk Nowitzki finished with 19 points and Shawn Marion added 18 and 11 rebounds.

Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic both scored 17 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who are a game ahead of Oklahoma City in the West.

"We got over the four game losing streak," Terry said. "We're past it and the playoffs are approaching fast so every moment is going to be intense especially out there on the floor.

The Mavs have lost three in a row on the road and are 27-13 away from home this season.

Houston has won three of five games and ended a two-game losing streak with Saturday's 99-78 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

Brad Miller, Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger scored 16 points apiece and Goran Dragic added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which is 25-15 at home and also got 12 points and 13 rebounds out of Chuck Hayes.

"I'm just really proud of our team," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "We caught a team that was tired. (The Clippers have) been on the road and playing some tough games but we were missing two starters and our guys stepped up."

The Rockets will close out the regular season at Minnesota on Wednesday. Guard Kyle Lowry (foot) is doubtful for Monday and center Luis Scola (knee) is listed as questionable versus the Mavericks.

Dallas is trying to sweep the season series from Houston for the first time since taking all four meetings during the 2005-06 campaign. The Mavs have won three in a row, six of eight and 17 of the past 23 meetings with the Rockets.

The Mavs are 13-5 in their previous 18 visits to Space City.

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