With Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion both going for 22 points and O.J. Mayo dishing out 12 assists, the Mavericks got a slice of revenge Wednesday night, holding off the Hoston Rockets 112-108 at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavs still have a lot of ground to make up, trailing Utah by 4 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the West. But last night sell showed they could forget about being blown out in Houston over the weekend.
Chandler Parson has another big game against Dallas with 23 and James Harden led all scorers with 28, but Dallas held the rest of the Rockets to no more than 12 apiece.
That allowed Dallas to build a nine-point lead after one, driven by a 4-0 spurt in the last minute of the period. Dallas got the lead all the way to 10 early in the second quarter, but Houston cut it down to one by the 8:40 mark of the third and took a 45-44 lead with 6 1/2 to go in the period.
The Mavs fought back to lead 72-60 three minutes into the third. Once again, thanks mainly to Parsons' three-point shooting, Houston had the lead down to one early in the fourth.
Harden's three-pointer gave the Rockets a 104-102 lead, but Mayo countered with five straight. Houston was not able to get over the hump again.