Rockets PG Brooks too quick for Mavs in first

DALLAS -- Quick point guards give the Dallas Mavericks fits.

Case in point: Houston's Aaron Brooks.

Brooks, a lightning bug listed at 6-0, 161 pounds, blew up for 14 points to lead the Rockets to a 37-28 lead. Brooks was 5-of-6 from the floor, converting three drives and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. His lone miss was a heave from halfcourt at the buzzer.

It didn't matter which Maverick tried to defend Brooks. He torched Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea.

The Mavericks didn't exactly shut down the rest of the Rockets, either. Houston is shooting 63.6 percent from the floor.