The Houston Rockets had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 41-74 (55.4%) from the field and 26-36 (72.2%) at the free throw line, in a close 117-115 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Houston (31-17) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Chandler Parsons had another strong performance, scoring 26 points on 9-17 shooting from the field (2-6 from behind the arc) and 6-9 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Houston included Dwight Howard with 21 points and 5 rebounds, Jeremy Lin with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Donatas Motiejunas with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki had another quality performance for Dallas despite the loss, putting up 38 points on 13-21 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 11-11 from the free throw line. He also added 17 rebounds.
The Rockets combined an eFG% of 61.5% with 42.9% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (11-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are winless (0-5) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Dallas (26-21) to 2-2 against Houston on the year.
Coming up, the Rockets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 16-29 on the season. The Mavericks match up against the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 15-29 this year. The Mavericks are 0-1 versus Sacramento this season.