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Mavericks vs. Rockets final: Dallas defeats Houston, 116-109

O.J. Mayo and the Mavericks used a strong finish to down the Rockets, 116-109.

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The Dallas Mavericks used a big fourth quarter to down the Houston Rockets, 116-109.

The Mavericks got off to a quick start, outscoring the Rockets 39-24 in the first quarter, before Houston came back in a big way, posting 42 in the second. The game was 66-63 Rockets at half, and after a close third quarter the Mavericks pulled away in the final period.

The Mavericks were led by O.J. Mayo, who scored 40 points while shooting 15-of-26 from the field. Chris Kaman added 20 points and seven rebounds, while Darren Collison (12) and Vince Carter (12) also finished in double figures.

James Harden led the way for the Rockets, scoring 39 points on 10-of-16 shooting with six rebounds and nine assists. Chandler Parsons (18), Toney Douglas (13), Patrick Patterson (12) and Carlos Delfino (10) also finished with double-digit scoring efforts.

The Mavericks next game is Monday when they host the Sacramento Kings. Houston is also playing Monday, as they welcome the San Antonio Spurs.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.