HOUSTON, April 30 (Ticker) -- Jason Terry recovered after losing his handle. Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets suddenly have lost their handle on this series.

Terry buried a huge three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and McGrady again disappeared in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks posted a 97-93 victory over the Rockets and evened their Western Conference first-round matchup at two games apiece.

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After dropping the first two games at home, the fourth-seeded Mavericks used a 20-0 fourth-quarter run to win Game Three on Thursday night. In this one, the Mavericks overcame a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to recapture home-court advantage in a series where the home team has yet to win.

Terry, known as a scoring point guard, had the ball knocked away with the Mavericks nursing a 91-90 lead with under 30 seconds left. But Dirk Nowitzki corralled the loose ball and found Terry, who drilled a three-pointer from the right side for a four-point lead.

"It (the ball) just ended up in my hands," Terry said. "I just took the shot and it happened to go in. I feel confident and comfortable that I can knock (the big shot) down. Having the ball in my hands at the end of the game is great."

It was the biggest shot of the day for Terry, who carried the Mavericks in the second half, when he scored 24 of his 32 points. He made 5-of-7 shots from the arc in the second half.

"He's (Terry) a big shot-maker," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "He kind of did what (Nick) Van Exel did for us a couple of years ago. I wouldn't consider him a classic point guard, but he gets the job done."

After David Wesley drilled a three-pointer to pull the Rockets within one, Jerry Stackhouse split two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Mavericks a 95-93 lead. Stackhouse missed his second attempt, but McGrady had the rebound poked away by Josh Howard and the ball grazed off his arm and out of bounds.

Nowitzki sank two free throws - his only points of the fourth quarter - with six seconds left to seal things.

McGrady, who never has won a playoff series in his eight-year career, managed just two of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. He was limited to one basket in the fourth quarter when the Rockets wilted down the stretch in Game Three.

"Did I have enough help? Absolutely," McGrady said. "I wouldn't be in this situation if I didn't have enough help. I just think that right now everybody wants it so bad, we're just not staying poised."

Dallas hosts Game Five on Monday.

Only two teams, the Rockets in 1994 against Phoenix, and the 1969 Los Angeles Lakers against San Francisco, have come back to win seven-game series when losing the first two contests at home.

It started as a struggle in the fourth quarter for the Mavericks, who missed 12 of their first 14 shots. McGrady's only basket, a jumper with 5:40 remaining gave the Rockets an 88-82 lead.

Terry drained a three-pointer with 3:12 left to trigger a 9-0 surge that put the Mavericks ahead for good. Erick Dampier converted a follow shot - his only points - with 2:22 left and Michael Finley capped the burst with back-to-back jumpers, the second with 60 seconds remaining.

"If you look at (Terry), he has been a very dominant player throughout the series," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

Finley, who managed just a total of 15 points in the first two games, had his second straight effective game. He scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting after a 20-point effort in Game Three.

"We made some big stops," Finley said. "The best thing we did was stick to our game plan. The shots they (Rockets) made earlier weren't falling late. We were able to capitalize on that."

The Mavericks were able to even the series despite another sub-par game from Nowitzki, who scored 18 points on just 4-of-14 shooting.

McGrady and Terry staged their own battle in the third quarter, a period in which the Rockets led by as many as nine points. McGrady scored 17 points and Terry 16 in the quarter that ended in a 77-77 tie.

"Somebody has got to take the pressure off of Dirk and Michael," Terry said. "Teams focused on them a lot in the regular season and we know they're going to be on them even more in the playoffs."

Continuing to form a solid 1-2 punch with McGrady, Yao Ming added 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting. But the 7-6 giant picked up his fifth foul with 9:03 remaining and was ineffective down the stretch.

McGrady, who made 13-of-26 shots, and Yao were the only Rockets to score in double figures. Houston shot 47 percent (34-of-72) and held a 37-32 rebounding advantage.

In the first half, McGrady scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting to help the Rockets to a 51-48 lead. Scott Padgett and McGrady made three-pointers to start the second half, giving Houston its biggest lead.

Stackhouse added 10 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who shot 46 percent (33-of-72).

"Not enough poise under pressure," Van Gundy said. "On defense, we don't have enough presence. It's not just the fourth quarter, it was the start of the game again."