HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds in the Houston Rockets' 113-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
The Mavericks scored eight straight points, with five from Monta Ellis, to get to 91-83 with eight minutes left. But Dallas lost its star and momentum a couple minutes later when Dirk Nowitzki fouled out on Harden's fast-break layup.
Harden made the free throw as Nowitzki angrily took a seat on the bench. Houston made three more layups after Harden's basket to extend the lead to 16 at 99-83.
Nowitzki had 22 points to lead the Mavericks, and Ellis added 20.