The Dallas Mavericks captured an improbable victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, defeating their Southwest Division rivals, 123-120, thanks to a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback.
Dallas entered the fourth down by 14, but a 36-19 edge in the game's final period ultimately propelled the Mavericks to a miraculous win.
Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis led the Mavericks offense, scoring 35 and 37 points, respectively, while Dallas shot 58.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from three as a team.
Wednesday night also marked the fifth time in Ellis' career when he's scored at least 37 points and shot better than 70 percent from the field, according to Bryan Gutierrez.
The Rockets, who got off to a blazing start that included a 40-point first quarter, were led by Dwight Howard, who put forth his best offensive performance of the season, racking up 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting (9-of-13 from the line) and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Chandler Parsons recorded a double-double as well, compiling 21 points and 11 assists, while James Harden scored 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting (9-of-11 from the line) while dishing out eight assists.
Houston shot 55.3 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from three in the loss.
In one of the most impressive offensive performances you'll ever see, Dallas and Houston combined to score 92 points in the paint and 32 points on the fast break.
Dallas improved to 8-4 with the win while Houston now sits at 8-5.