Harden’less, Beverly’less, Asik’less, Smith’less Rockets lose to the Mavericks.
The shorthanded Rockets weren’t able to finish off a slight comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The Rockets were within 6 points of the Mavericks late in the fourth, but Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks were able to hold off the Rockets by a final score of 111-104.
The third quarter was very Texans-esque by the Rockets. The Mavericks opened up the third quarter on a 15-1 run, and outscored the Rockets by 15 in the third quarter. It was a combined team effort by the Mavs in the third quarter, with Nowitzi scoring 8 of the team’s 36 third quarter points. The Rockets struggled finding the Mavericks open shooter, allowing the Mavericks to hit 11 threes in the game, 8 in the second half alone.
Dwight Howard continues his dominance this month even in the Rockets loss. Howard finished with 29 points, 15 boards, and 4 assists, including a 9-13 night from the charity stripe. Tonight was Howard’s 9th double-double in the last 10 games.
Though the Rockets looked good in the first half, fans had to be a bit skeptical about tonight’s outcome. The Rockets lead was at seven at the end of the first half, but that was due to a sizzling 62.2% field goal percentage, including 5-9 from beyond the arc. The Rockets struggled defensively in the first half and clearly were going to need much better defense in the second half, something they couldn’t deliver.
Chandler Parsons finished tonight’s game with 21 points, and held Monta Ellis to just 18 points on 16 shots. Jeremy Lin added 20 of his own in his first action since a back injury sidelined him for a little more than a week. Aaron Brooks had 18 points (4 threes) and 5 assists off the bench for the Rockets. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 31 points on the night.
The Rockets will head to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on ESPN and CSN Houston.
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