NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 25th (All times eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (10-4) at Houston Rockets (8-6), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks will have a tough time trying to get back into the win column this evening, when they open a three-game road trip against the Southwest Division-rival Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
The Mavericks had their five-game winning streak come to an end with Tuesday's 111-103 loss versus the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Terry chipped in 21 points off the bench for Dallas, which went 2-1 on a three-game homestand.
Drew Gooden had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Jason Kidd added 13 assists, 10 rebounds and five points in defeat.
"We worked so hard to get up by nine with six minutes to go. And then they came back after we scored and got a quick three and then they just got the momentum back. Maybe it's a case of guys playing too many minutes and if so, that's on me. It's just very disappointing to work so hard to get a lead and then lose it especially at home. It's a very tough loss," said Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle.
Dallas will also visit Indiana and Cleveland on the swing and is 5-2 as the visitor this season. Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday.
According to the recent theme of wins and losses for the Rockets, they should lose Wednesday's game versus the rival Mavs. Houston has alternated wins and losses over the previous 11 contests and is coming off Saturday's 113-106 victory versus Sacramento in the opener of a three-game homestand.
Luis Scola led the victors with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Carl Landry added 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Rockets, who own a 4-2 record at home this season.
"I like the way we are responding. Even tonight, both these teams were really competing tonight but we were able to do what we were supposed to do in the fourth quarter and come out with a win. These are the type of games that we have to get our place to keep out heads above water so I've been really pleased with the way the teams performed and reacted," said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman.
Trevor Ariza netted 19 points and Shane Battier chipped in 14 for Houston. The team will close out its homestand Friday versus San Antonio. Battier is questionable for Wednesday with a sore foot. In other injury news for the Rockets, All-Star Tracy McGrady was back at practice Monday for the first time since having microfracture surgery on his left knee in February. McGrady is still listed as out indefinitely.
The Mavericks defeated Houston, 121-103, on November 10 this season at home and have won two straight and three of the last four meetings between the teams. Dallas has won six of eight as the guest in this series.
11/25 10:32:14 ET