When Dirk Nowitzki got going in the second half, Dallas was able to cut what was once a 22-point lead down to six.
But all that seemed to do was wake Harden up. The Rockets superstar took over the game about halfway through the third quarter. He finished with 34 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Dwight Howard posted a double-double with 16 rebounds and 13 points.
For Dallas, Nowitzki had 22 while Monta Ellis scored 20.