The Houston Rockets jumped out to a big early lead but saw the Dallas Mavericks whittle it all the way down to a 49-46 advantage at the break. Houston hit half of its field goal attempts in the first half and knocked down five three pointers.
Luis Scola got off to a great start with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Chandler Parsons added 10 points and Goran Dragic returned from an ankle injury and has nine points and five assists at the break.
The Rockets were outscored 27-19 in the second quarter by the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki struggled from the field but hit 9-10 free throw attempts and has 13 points to lead the Mavericks. Rodrigue Beaubois scored nine points off the bench while Vince Carter has seven for the Mavericks.
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