Posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Tuesday, Mar 27 at 10:38 PM
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Terry scored seven consecutive points in a minute to start a game-turning run for the Dallas Mavericks, who went on to a 90-81 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points despite a bad shooting night (5 of 17) for the Mavericks, who have won consecutive games against Houston. Rodrigue Beaubouis had 14 points and Brandan Wright 13.
The Mavericks won 101-99 in overtime on Saturday night in Houston, which played at home again Monday and needed overtime to beat Sacramento.
Luis Scola had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, while Goran Dragic scored 17 points. Chandler Parsons had 15 points and nine rebounds.
A turnover by Houston led to a breakaway layup by Terry with 6:39 left in the third quarter. The Mavs still trailed after Terry got credit for a layup after a goaltending call against Samuel Dalembert, but Terry then swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 55-53 lead with 5:39 left in the quarter, their first lead since the game's opening minutes.
Those seven points in a row by Terry, who finished with 12 points and four assists, started a 19-6 run for Dallas.
Jason Kidd had a mistake, a turnover that led to a running layup by Dragic to tie it at 55, before he quickly redeemed himself with a 3-pointer that put the Mavs ahead to stay.
Lamar Odom had nine points, his most in his last nine games for Dallas, with four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes. That included a driving wraparound layup during that third-quarter run.
Nowitzki drove for a layup with 6 seconds left in the first half, and the Mavericks trailed only 49-46 — the closest they had been since 3 minutes into the game.
Dallas ended the half with a 16-10 run over the last 5:32, with Nowitzki scoring 11 points.
Nowitzki made 11 of 12 free throws, 10 of the attempts coming before halftime.
Even after two overtime games the previous three nights, and again without guards Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, the Rockets jumped out to a quick 15-4 lead.
Dragic and Courtney Lee had consecutive 3s to cap a 15-2 run after Ian Mahinmi took a pass from Nowitzki and scored on the first shot of the game.
The Rockets had their largest lead, 26-10, after a 3-pointer by Chase Budinger with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. And Dallas already had four turnovers, half of their total from the overtime victory Saturday night, with four made baskets at that time.
Notes: After scoring 30 points in the first quarter, the Rockets had only 32 points in the entire second half. ... Lowry has missed 11 games in a row because of a bacterial infection and Martin has been out nine in a row with a sprained right shoulder. ... Mavericks G Delonte West missed his 21st straight game because of a broken right ring finger and C Brendan Haywood was out his sixth consecutive game with a sprained right knee. "They're getting close but they're not ready to play," coach Rick Carlisle said. ... Both teams finished with 13 turnovers.