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Dirk Nowitzki scores 31 as Mavericks defeat Rockets

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Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets, 111-104. The Mavericks shot lights out, finishing 40-79 (50.6%) from the field, including 11-22 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Dallas (16-12) picked up the win after falling to Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Nowitzki finished 11-18 (1-3 from three-point range) and 8-9 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top performers for Dallas were Monta Ellis with 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Jose Calderon with 15 points and 5 assists. Dwight Howard had another strong game for Houston in the loss, scoring 29 points on 10-16 shooting from the field and 9-13 from the free throw line. He also tallied 15 rebounds. Chandler Parsons contributed 21 points and 5 rebounds and Aaron Brooks finished with 18 points and 5 assists.

In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Dallas (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.20 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 57.6%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 6-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Houston (18-11) to 1-2 against Dallas on the year.

The Mavericks square off with the Spurs (22-6) in their next game. The Rockets also match up with the Spurs next, with their game coming on Wednesday. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against San Antonio this season.


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