James Harden scored 32 points, Patrick Beverley hit a career-high six three-pointers and the short-handed Houston Rockets spoiled Chandler Parsons' return to the Toyota Center, winning 95-92 Saturday night. The defeat for the Mavericks snapped their six-game winning streak.
The Rockets were without both Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg), but Harden was more than ready to rise to the occasion.
Harden converted a three-point play with 28.2 seconds remaining to put Houston up 93-92, and Trevor Ariza then hit two free throws after a Mavericks turnover to give the Rockets a three-point lead.
Beverley, who left the game late in the fourth quarter with a sore hamstring, drained five of his six triples in the first half en route to tying a career-high with 20 points.
Houston went 13-of-25 from downtown as team over the first 24 minutes, but it was not nearly as effective from distance during the final two quarters, going 2-for-21.
Fortunately for the Rockets, the damage they did in the first half held up.
Parsons, who signed an offer sheet with Dallas that Houston chose not to match over the summer, was serenaded with boos every time he touched the ball. He had only eight points off 3-of-9 shooting and was the player who committed the foul that gave Harden a three-point play late, much to the delight of the crowd.
Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 17 points, but misfired on a triple that would have tied the game right before the buzzer.
Dallas went 6-for-35 as a unit from long range and shot 40 percent from the floor overall.