Monta Ellis finished with 37 points and recorded 8 assists, while Dirk Nowitzki added 35 points and 7 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks sneak past the Houston Rockets, 123-120. The Mavericks had a strong shooting performance, finishing 42-72 (58.3%) from the field, including 11-22 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Dallas (8-4) has now won 3 straight.
Ellis shot 13-18 from the field (2-4 on 3-pointers) and 9-12 from the free throw line, in a solid outing. Dwight Howard had another strong game for Houston in the loss, putting up 33 points on 12-16 shooting from the field and 9-13 from the free throw line. He also recorded 11 rebounds. James Harden chipped in 23 points and 8 assists and Chandler Parsons finished with 21 points and 11 assists.
In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.29 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 66.0%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 3-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This loss snaps a 3-game winning streak for Houston, dropping them to 8-5 on the year.
Coming up, the Mavericks square off against the Utah Jazz, who are 1-12 on the season. The Rockets match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently sitting at 7-6 this year.