After jumping out to an early 29-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Dallas Mavericks (17-23) were able to seal the deal with a big home win over the 21-19 Houston Rockets, 105-100.
That's now four wins in a row for the Mavericks, who got solid bench production out of Elton Brand and Jae Crowder on Thursday night.
In contrast, Houston has now dropped five straight.
Turnovers plagued the Rockets all night, as Jeremy Lin and James Harden combined for eight turnovers while Houston turned it over 16 times as a team.
The Rockets saw a poor shooting performance from Harden, who was just 5-of-23 from the field despite leading the team with 20 points.
The biggest difference in this game was free-throw attempts, as the Mavs toed the free-throw line 43 times to the Rockets' 30 free-throw attempts.
O.J. Mayo and Shawn Marion each chipped in 18 points for the Mavericks, while Lin netted 19 points and dished four assists for the Rockets.
Player of the Game: Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk had a big fourth quarter that helped the Mavericks clinch the win.
He hit jumpers and made free throws when Dallas needed it the most, scoring 10 points in the fourth to finish with a team-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds.
Nowitzki looks to be getting his legs back under him, which spells good things for his jumper.
Up Next for Rockets
The beginning of this four-game road trip doesn't get any easier for Houston, as the Rockets will travel to Indiana to take on a surging Pacers squad on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.
Up Next for Mavericks
Dallas will look to take the positives from this win and continue the trend on Friday night, as the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder come to town as part of ESPN's NBA Friday night doubleheader at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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