There’s nothing quite as fun as an honest-to-goodness shootout, particularly against a couple of red-hot shooters and the Rockets game surely left many of us with shorter fingernails.
In a duel of .500-ish teams and guys on the NBA top scorers list, the Dallas Mavericks edged the Houston Rockets 116-109 on the heels of O. J. Mayo tying a career-high with 40 points to edge his counterpart, James Harden, who managed 39.
In a game of huge swings, the Mavericks outscored the Rockets 39-24 in the first quarter for a 15-point lead, only to have Houston reverse fortunes 42-15 in the second quarter and take a 3-point lead into the half. Houston had extended its lead to 5 by the end of the third but Dallas turned things back around in the fourth, outpacing the Rockets by 12 to ride to victory.
The game largely rested on the back of Mayo, who scored 40 on 15-of-26-shooting and led the team with 8 rebounds. Perhaps even more impressive was the play of Chris Kaman, playing with a sprained ankle for less than half as many minutes as Mayo. Kaman managed 20-points on 9-for-13 shooting while gathering 7 boards. The Mavs also got 12 points apiece from Vince Carter and Darren Collison. Brandan Wright, getting his first start since early in the season in place of the injured Shawn Marion, continued his torrid shooting going 4-for-6 for 8 points and also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.
Harden added 9 assists to his 39 points and Chandler Parsons had 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Mavericks held Omar Asik to only 7 rebounds, 4 below his average as they actually outrebounded the Rockets 40-37, a rare feat for the Mavs this season.
The Mavs are back to .500 and have a chance to go above Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings. Full analysis and breakdown of the Rockets game and Kings preview coming up on The Smoking Cuban.
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