NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Houston
(Thursday, December 31st)
Final Score: Houston 97, Dallas 94
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Aaron Brooks logged 30 points thanks to six three-pointers, as Houston pulled out a 97-94 victory over Dallas at Toyota Center.
Carl Landry ended with 15 points, while fellow reserve Kyle Lowry chipped in 12 for the Rockets, who have won three of their last four. Luis Scola added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Jason Terry paced the Mavericks with 20 points. Shawn Marion and Josh Howard each added 16, while Jason Kidd scored 14 but missed a game-tying three- pointer at the buzzer, halting the club's brief two-game winning streak.
Dirk Nowitzki was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.
Past the midway point of the fourth, Terry and Landry traded three-point plays, with Landry's giving Houston an 89-86 lead.
Nowitzki tied it once again with his own three-point play, and both teams went cold for several possessions.
Shane Battier finally rattled home a three-ball from the right corner to put the Rockets on top with 2:11 remaining.
"We were struggling against the zone a little bit and we didn't get very good ball movement. Luckily, my teammates saw me and I got a good look," Battier said of the critical basket.
Nowitzki missed a jumper, and Brooks nailed a trey before Marion and Landry exchanged field goals.
Two Howard foul shots cut Dallas' deficit to 97-93 with 1:03 showing, and Battier was whistled for a technical after arguing he was pushed out of bounds by Marion going after an offensive rebound.
Nowitzki hit the free throw to make it a one-possession game with 44.1 seconds remaining, and Terry and Brooks each were hit hard under their own baskets with no foul called on alternate touches.
After the Mavs called timeout with eight seconds left, they swung the ball to Kidd, who missed a potential tying three from the left wing to end the game.
"I might have rushed it (the shot) at the last second," Kidd said. "I had the clock in my head but I thought it might have been rushed. I had a good look, it just didn't fall. Give Houston credit, they played great all around defense."
A late 14-4 run in the first quarter helped Houston jump out to a 24-17 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Dallas held a 38-37 lead following a Howard bucket at the five-minute mark of the second stanza, but the Rockets hit their final five field goals of the half for a 56-47 advantage.
Brooks' 13 third-quarter points carried the hosts to a 78-70 margin at the end of three, though Terry's trifecta had the Mavs within 80-77 less than two minutes into the final stanza.
The teams split the four-game season series...Battier and Trevor Ariza each scored 11 points while adding eight and nine rebounds, respectively, for Houston, which hit 10-of-28 from behind the arc...Dallas connected on just 2- of-12 from three-point range.
12/31 22:53:51 ET