Las Vegas, July 12 -- The Dallas Mavericks held off a third quarter surge by the Houston Rockets to garner a 98-94 victory Thursday night at the Cox Pavilion.

The Rockets outscored the Mavericks 21-8 in the third to turn a 14-point halftime deficit into a two-point gap entering the final quarter. Houston allowed the Dallas lead to expand to seven during the fourth period, but an Andre Emmett layup with three seconds remaining cut the lead to just two at 96-94. Maurice Ager then sealed the game for the Mavericks with two free throws.

Ager finished with a team-high 19 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the floor (7-12 FG), three rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes.

“I felt good today,” Ager said of his play. “Coach ran a lot of plays for me off the curl and that’s where I feel most comfortable.

Brandon Bass had another solid game for the Mavericks, registering 16 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes off the bench.

With the win, the Mavericks improved to 4-0 in league play. They can become just the fifth team in the history of the summer league to go undefeated with a victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

“It would be huge, last year we didn’t win a game,” Ager said of the opportunity to go undefeated. “It’s definitely something we would like to do.”

Rockets’ 2007 first round draft pick (#26 overall), Aaron Brooks, finished the night with a game-high 28 points, including nine in the third period, seven assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes. The guard shot 50 percent from the floor (9-18 FG) and 50 percent from three-point range (4-8 3FG). This summer, Brooks is averaging 24.5 points and 7.5 assists in 32.5 minutes.

When asked about his quick adjustment to the pro game, Brooks said, “I think the NBA game fits my game perfectly, the speed (of the game) and open floor style of play.”