Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Tuesday, November 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, January 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 15th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 21st

Rockets 93

(3-8, 2-5 away)

Mavericks 102

(8-2, 5-0 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, November 22, 2005

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 27 26 21 1993
DAL 19 29 29 25102

Top Performers

Houston: L. Head 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

Dallas: J. Terry 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Mavs make it six in a row behind Nowitzki's 31

DALLAS (AP) -- While Dirk Nowitzki hit the go-ahead shots, it was the spark from Jason Terry that allowed the Dallas Mavericks to avoid a big letdown and stay undefeated at home.

"J.T. got it going, and that really carried over," guard Devin Harris said. "And Dirk was Dirk."

Nowitzki scored 31 points and made a 12-foot turnaround jumper with six minutes left that put Dallas ahead to stay, and Terry had 29 in the Mavericks' sixth straight victory, 102-93 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

A dozen of Terry's points came in the spurt that finally gave Dallas its first lead, and he also assisted on Nowitzki's first go-ahead basket. After driving to the goal, Terry passed back to Nowitzki for a 3-pointer that made it 56-55 with 9:28 left.

"It was big as far as momentum. It gave us some energy," Terry said of his impressive eight-minute stretch that was interrupted by halftime.

Playing for the first time since beating previously undefeated Detroit by 37 points Saturday night, when they scored 40 points in the first quarter, the Mavericks (8-2) got off to a poor start against Houston.

Even with Tracy McGrady missing his second straight game (and fifth this season) because of a strained back, the Rockets never trailed in the first half. Houston led 50-38 with 2:48 left in the half.

Terry then scored eight of Dallas' final 10 points before halftime, with a 3-pointer, a steal and a driving layup in a 14-second spurt, and helped get the Mavericks within 53-48.

Two minutes after assisting on Nowitzki's 3-pointer, Terry had a driving layup that put Dallas up 63-58, and ended a wild sequence. Terry passed to Erick Dampier, who missed an inside shot, then lost his headband in the scuffle for the rebound before recovering and driving for the basket.

"Jason was looking to score, looking aggressive," coach Avery Johnson said. "I would like to see that consistently. I don't want him passing up his shot."

Dallas never trailed again, but the Rockets caught up at 86-all on Derek Anderson's 15-footer with 6:31 left. That ended a 12-5 run that was started by rookie Luther Head hitting 3-pointer and then scoring another basket.

Josh Howard had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who are 5-0 at home this season and have won 14 straight regular-season games at American Airlines Center. Avery Johnson is 13-0 at home since replacing Don Nelson as head coach last March.

Head had 28 points and Yao Ming 20 for the Rockets (3-8), who came in averaging an NBA-low 84 points a game. Anderson added 19 points, his 3-pointer providing the 50-38 lead before Terry's surge.

"I don't feel good because you compete hard and you still get a loss. Who likes that?" said Head, the first-round pick from Illinois who already had a season-high 16 points by halftime. "I made some shots, but it's not about one person. A lot of guys have got to step up."

Nowitzki's 12-foot turnaround jumper with 6:13 left put the Mavericks ahead to stay after the Rockets erased a seven-point deficit and tied the game at 86-all. About a minute later, Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer to make it 92-87.

Game notes

Advantage: Yao Ming, on a jump ball against 6-foot-3 Devin Harris in the third quarter. The 7-6 Yao easily won the jump. ... Harris had the Mavs' first rebound, nine minutes into the game when the Rockets already had 10. Dallas finished with a 45-34 rebounding advantage. ... The Mavs had hoped Jerry Stackhouse (sore right knee) might return this weekend. But with the swelling still not under control, Johnson said Stackhouse's comeback will remain on hold. He didn't know for how long. ... Mavs F Keith Van Horn (sprained middle finger) sat for the third time in four games.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 93 102
FGM-FGA 31-69 (.449) 34-72 (.472)
3PM-3PA 8-14 (.571) 7-15 (.467)
FTM-FTA 23-31 (.742) 27-41 (.659)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 17-45
Assists 15 19
Turnovers 12 10
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 2 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
Largest Lead 12 9

Top Performers

Luther Head Head
Points: 28
Reb: 7
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Jason Terry Terry
Points: 29
Reb: 3
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0