Nowitzki, Mavs Hold Off Lin-led Surge for Rockets 1/17/13
January 17, 2013
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two tiebreaking
free throws and the Dallas Mavericks held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge to beat the
Houston Rockets 105-100 on Wednesday night.
Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets,
who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97. After Elton
Brand blocked a layup attempt by Harden, Mayo hit both free throws after getting
fouled on a layup at the other end.
Lin had a chance to tie the score on free throws, but missed the second of
two. The Rockets got one more chance, but Harden couldn't get a good look at a
layup. Nowitzki then hit two free throws for a 101-98 lead.
Dallas won its season-best fourth straight, and the Rockets lost their fifth
in a row.
Harden finished with 20 points and Lin had 19.