HOUSTON, Oct. 11 (AP) -- Khalid El-Amin scored 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and 16 rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 115-110 exhibition victory over Houston on Thursday night.

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Greg Buckner added 16 points and Michael Finley had 13 as the Mavericks improved to 2-0. Danny Manning scored 11 points, nine in the fourth quarter when Dallas fought off a Houston rally.

Houston's Steve Francis led all scorers with 34 points and added 10 rebounds. Walt Williams added 22 points, Moochie Norris had 16 and Damon Jones and Kelvin Cato 11 apiece.

The Rockets (0-2) played without star guard Cuttino Mobley, listed as day-to-day with a left hip injury.