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Rockets, Mavs tangle in Big D

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets are one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, but haven't scored 100 or more points in three straight games.

The Rockets, who are scoring 104.8 points per game, came close to their average in a win the last time out and will wrap up a Texas tour Wednesday against their Southwest-rival Dallas Mavericks in Big D.

Houston edged the division-rival San Antonio Spurs, 97-90, at home Tuesday night to stop a two-game slide and push its January record to 9-4. Dwight Howard posted his sixth straight double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds, and has 31 double-doubles on the season. The last time a Rockets player reached 40 double-double in a season was Charles Barkley (42) in 1997-98.

"We didn't give up. We kept fighting, we hit the offensive glass," Howard said.

The Rockets had 19 offensive rebounds and received 21 points from Terrence Jones. Jeremy Lin had 18 points and Patrick Beverly netted 11, as the Rockets took the season series from San Antonio for the first time since 1996-97. The Rockets are 3-0 against the Spurs and the two teams will close the series April 14 in Houston.

Rockets leading scorer James Harden was sidelined with a thumb injury and is questionable for Wednesday. Harden is averaging a team-best 23.7 points per game and 5.5 assists per game.

After the Rockets, who are 11-10 on the road, visit Dallas, they will return to the Toyota Center for two games versus Cleveland and Phoenix.

Dallas is well rested and last played on Sunday in a 116-106 triumph over the Detroit Pistons in the opener of a four-game homestand. The Mavericks had lost two in a row and three of four games, and Dirk Nowitzki led five players in double figures with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting.

Nowitzki also grabbed nine boards to go with four assists, while Jose Calderon and Devin Harris scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the Mavs, who made 58.1 percent of their shots and opened a 94-81 lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to a 10-0 run. Dallas' bench had a 46-22 advantage.

The Mavs turned the ball over 17 times for 23 Pistons points, but were able to improve to 15-7 at American Airlines Center.

"Well every game is going to be tough in the NBA, but at the end of the day we executed a little bit better tonight. We made a few mistakes, but I think we really played a 48-minute game tonight even with those mistakes," Calderon said. "I think we did a pretty good in defense even with all of their offensive rebounds, but we were okay today."

Dallas, which is 14-4 when shooting 50 percent or better, has won four of its last five home games and will also welcome Sacramento and Cleveland to Big D.

The Mavericks are 2-1 against the Rockets in 2013-14 and have won 12 of 14 and 22 of the last 29 matchups between the Southwest foes. They have also won seven straight, nine of 10 and 14 of the previous 17 games against Houston at home.

01/29 10:01:23 ET

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Chicago93
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
3rd
HOU 61
POR 51
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
2nd
SJS 1
LOS 2
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3