NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Houston
(Wednesday, November 25th)
Final Score: Dallas 130, Houston 99
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Terry scored 27 points and Jason Kidd climbed into second place on the league's all-time list for assists as Dallas blew out Houston, 130-99, at the Toyota Center.
Kidd, who had nine points and seven helpers, has 10,337 career assists. That moved him past Mark Jackson (10,334) into second place with John Stockton (15,806) holding the all-time lead.
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points, while Tim Thomas scored a season-high 23 before fouling out for the Mavericks, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Terry, who also had 10 assists, shot 10-of-11 from the field as the Mavs beat the Rockets for the 10th time in the last 13 encounters.
The Mavericks shot a sizzling 65.5 percent and turned 17 Houston turnovers into 29 points.
Carl Landry shot 9-of-11 from the floor during his 24-point night for Houston, which failed to gain momentum from a 113-106 win over Sacramento on Saturday. Trevor Ariza scored 20 in defeat.
Dallas was particularly effective in the opening quarter, going 15-of-22 from the floor, on the way to a 36-25 lead. The Mavs actually trailed 17-4 in the early going before surging with tremendous defense in the latter stages of the quarter. The Mavs finished the period on a 23-0 run, capped by a pair of Terry three-pointers.
"Defensively we couldn't really couldn't get a stop, they came out aggressive the first few minutes shooting the ball well," said Nowitzki. "They came out hot and we didn't get any rebounds right away and they had a couple of putbacks which hurt us. Our bench came out and stepped up defensively rotating picking up some rebounds and starting the transition game."
The double-digit lead remained the rest of the game. The visitors held a 68-51 lead at the half and were in front 91-77 moving to the fourth. The lead grew to as high as 35 in the game's final minute.
"It's disappointing. Dallas is a good team. They came in here and did what good teams do. They punish the teams that aren't ready to play and play as a cohesive unit," said Houston forward Shane Battier. "They did it and kept doing it the rest of the night."
It was Dallas' largest margin of victory in the series since a 116-76 rout on May 7, 2005 in the playoffs...Houston went 5-of-20 from three-point range...Luis Scola scored 15 and David Andersen 10 for the Rockets...Shawn Marion had 12 points and Drew Gooden 10 for Dallas.
11/26 01:22:45 ET