DALLAS, Jan. 12 (Ticker) --
It has been feast or famine for Tracy McGrady
when facing the Dallas Mavericks this season. This
time, the superstar swingman of the Houston Rockets chewed them
McGrady had 30 points and 11 assists and Juwan Howard
season-high 29 points as the Rockets posted an impressive
124-114 victory over the Mavericks.
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The tandem of McGrady and Howard helped snap Dallas' five-game
winning streak and gave Houston its first win in three tries
against its intrastate rivals.
McGrady scored 48 points in an overtime loss at Dallas on
Dec. 2, then slumped to 15 when the Mavericks routed the
Rockets nine days later. He was electric in this one, making
6-of-8 3-pointers and scoring 23 points after halftime.
"I was in one of those zones," McGrady said. "I felt like every
time I came off the pick-and-roll and saw any daylight, I was
going to knock the shot down. I play well in this building."
The two-time defending scoring champion, McGrady had 13 points
and eight assists in the third quarter, when Houston turned a
four-point deficit into a 94-85 advantage. His jumper with 5:53
left gave the Rockets the lead for good, 74-72.
McGrady scored five points and Howard four during an 11-2 run
that gave Houston its largest lead, 112-97, midway through the
"You have to give credit to our guys for moving the basketball
around, getting open shots, just taking what the defense gave
us," Howard said. "We tried to be patient on the offensive end
and sure enough, we got some good looks and made some open
The Rockets entered the game as the third-ranked defense in the
NBA, while the Mavericks were the second-best offensive unit.
In this one, Houston beat Dallas at its own game with a host of
Howard made 14-of-19 shots, David Wesley
scored 12 of his 21
points in the third quarter and Yao Ming
chipped in 20.
"Juwan Howard was unbelievable tonight," McGrady said. "I just
felt like getting him the ball every trip down the court, no
matter what spot he was in. He was feeling it tonight."
"Offensively, we didn't have any rhythm," Mavericks guard
said. "Defensively, we didn't have any rhythm and
they just exploited us on both ends."
Wesley enjoyed his finest outing since joining the club via
trade Dec. 27.
"It was kind of fun," he said. "We really spread the floor, they
were doubling, running at Yao and Tracy. It's all about the
rest of us finding our spots. I should have hit more than four
The Rockets shot 61 percent (47-of-77) to post their best
scoring output this season and the most against the Mavericks.
"We were trying to play good basketball, get everyone involved
and look for good shots," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy
"We're a little quicker now. When you make 60 percent of your
shots, you're going to do well. Both teams played well and it
was definitely a high-scoring game, what the NBA likes."
"We can't let a team come in and score 120 points on our home
court," Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki
said. "It's a little
embarrassing, but it happened and we've got to move on."
Nowitzki scored 28 points and Jerry Stackhouse
added 26 for the
Mavericks, who went 4-1 on a 16-day homestand. The two combined
for 25 first-half points to help Dallas take a 61-57 lead into
Mavericks forward Josh Howard
sat with flu-like symptoms.
"We missed Josh," Finley said. "We needed that guy who would be
able to slash through their zone defenses and make them pay on
the offensive boards. We didn't really have that from anyone