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Mavericks Shoot Their Way Past Rockets, 106-100

The Mavericks had their 10 game winning streak come to a halt on Thursday, but look to start a new one tonight in Houston.

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Mavericks Jump Out Fast, Hang On Late for win over Rockets

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points apiece, and the Dallas Mavericks got back into the win column with a 106-102 victory over Houston.

The Mavericks were playing for the first time since their 10-game winning streak was snapped in a one-point loss at Denver on Thursday.

They avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month, getting 14 points from Shawn Marion off the bench and 12 points from Tyson Chandler.

Kyle Lowry scored 26 points to lead the Rockets, who lost for the fifth time in their last eight games despite nearly erasing a 16-point deficit to start the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks trailed 25-23 after the first, then ripped off a huge second quarter to take control of the game.

After the Rockets scored first, Dallas went on a 16-5 run capped by Marion's layup to make it 39-32. The Mavericks extended their lead to 13 points at halftime, carrying a 57-44 advantage into the locker room.

"The second quarter was a killer," Rockets head coach Rick Adelman said. "We had two days to prepare for these guys but it didn't carry over."

Dallas opened the second half with a 15-5 run, taking their biggest lead of the game at 23 points when Stojakovic buried a three to make it 72-49.

The Rockets cut it to 83-67 heading into the fourth, then chipped away, getting within three points at 95-92 when Battier's three sparked a brief 7-0 burst. But Nowitzki hit a jumper, Jason Kidd made a layup and the Mavericks were able to keep their heads above water.

They fought off Houston one more time after that, overcoming a pair of late three-pointers by Lowry.

"We just put no fight up until the second half," Adelman said. "We went small and we started to pick it up."

The Mavericks haven't lost back-to-back games since a six-game spell from January 6-17...The Rockets started a three-game homestand that also includes visits from the Nuggets and 76ers...Dallas shot 55 percent and finished a three-game road trip 2-1...Houston shot 41 percent.


Roddy Beaubois May Return Wednesday

Tim McMahon reports that Rodrigue Beaubois no longer feels pain in his foot and may return to action as soon as Wednesday. The Mavericks host the Kings on Wednesday, then travel to Phoenix Thursday before taking five days off for the All-Star break. Rick Carlisle is noncommittal:

"It’s going to depend on the next four days," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We’ll see where things are on Wednesday morning."

Beaubois broke his left foot about six months ago while preparing for summer duty with the French national team. Mark Cuban and the Mavericks initially expected him to return in time for the season opener, but the injury proved to be more troublesome.

With Caron Butler’s season-ending knee injury, Dallas has needed additional scoring punch. Jose Barea has overcome a two-month slump and leads the NBA in three-point shooting in 2011, while Peja Stojakovic enjoyed his most successful performance with the Mavs Saturday night, hitting for 22 points in 28 minutes on 8-12 shooting. Beaubois’ return will give Carlisle one more option for perimeter scoring.


Mavericks Vs. Rockets: Dallas Looks To Start New Winning Streak

(Sports Network) - Not even Dallas' tremendous bench production could save a 10-game winning streak in a recent loss at Denver. Tonight, the Mavericks will try to start a new trend when they close out a three-game road trip against the Southwest Division-rival Houston Rockets.

The Mavericks lost for the first time since Jan. 20 at Chicago with Thursday's 121-120 loss to the Nuggets from the Pepsi Center. Denver guard Arron Afflalo hit the go-ahead basket at the buzzer and scored 19 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 42 points and Chauncey Billups contributed 30 in a winning effort.

Jason Terry paced Dallas with 25 points, while Shawn Marion and Jose Barea scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, off the bench. The Mavs' bench outscored Denver's by a lopsided 72-12 margin, but a 21-10 run by the Nuggets to close out the game sealed the victory.

"There's some things during the course of the game that we can be doing better," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.

Dirk Nowitzki tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and has failed to reach the 20-point mark in three straight games. Tyson Chandler compiled 20 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. The Mavericks are 17-8 away from Big D this season.

Houston will resume a four-game homestand Friday and began the stay with Tuesday's 112-108 loss versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Love recorded his 38th consecutive double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the Wolves end a 13-game slide in the series.

Courtney Lee and Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak come to an end and lost for the fourth time in seven tries. Houston was pounded on the glass, 51-31, and shot 45 percent from the floor.

"You've got to give Minnesota credit," said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. "They shot the heck out of the ball. A lot of guys contributed, made big shots when they had to. We just didn't make enough plays to win."

Rockets guard Aaron Brooks returned to the floor after missing Monday's game against Denver because of a one-game suspension, and scored five points off the bench. Luis Scola, playing in his 300th straight regular-season game, had 22 points and Chuck Hayes ended with 10 and 13 boards, as Houston had an eight-game home winning streak against Minnesota come to an end as well.

Scola is averaging 21.2 points over the last nine games. The Rockets will also host Denver and Philadelphia, and are 14-11 at the Toyota Center this season.

Dallas has won the first two meetings with Houston this season and five of the past seven matchups between the two clubs. These two teams will meet again April 11 in Space City. The Mavs have won five of seven and sev

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