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Rockets edge Mavericks

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chandler Parsons scored a team-high 26 points to lead seven Houston players in double figures and the Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 117-115, on Wednesday.

Dwight Howard contributed 21 points and Jeremy Lin, who started in place of James Harden, tallied 18 points with seven rebounds and seven assists for Houston, which snapped a two-game losing streak to its Southwest Division rival.

"We played last night and they came in and made some tough shots," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "We found a way to win, which is what we needed to do."

Harden missed his second straight game due to a bruised left thumb he sustained over the weekend against Memphis.

Terrence Jones netted 16 points, Donatas Motiejunas deposited a 12-point, 13- rebound double-double, and Patrick Beverley and Aaron Brooks each chipped in with 11 points in victory

Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 38 points to go along with 17 rebounds in the setback, Dallas' third in its last four games. Vince Carter led a strong bench effort with 22 points, while Devin Harris and DeJuan Blair scored 14 and 13, respectively, in a reserve role.

Brandan Wright made a layup to cut the Dallas deficit to 98-95 with just under eight minutes left and the Rockets stretched the lead courtesy of a 9-0 run. Lin scored on two straight possessions before Beverley capped the run with a trey to give the Rockets a 107-95 lead with 4:36 remaining in the contest.

Dallas then turned to the hack-a-Dwight method, but Houston's big man converted 7-of-8 free throws, with the last pair extending the lead to 114-104. Lin then followed with a layup to push the margin to 12.

The Mavs responded with an 11-1 run to make it a two-point game with 22.7 seconds left. Carter and Harris were each fouled shooting a 3-pointer and both converted all three of their attempts. Carter then buried a 3 and Nowitzki knocked down a pair at the line to cap the run.

Coming out of a timeout, Parsons threw a pass into the backcourt that was deflected by Jose Calderon. Beverley gained control in the far corner, but he quickly lost the ball out of bounds with 19.9 seconds left and Calderon hounding him.

On the ensuing Mavs possession, Calderon missed wide-open look from the top of the key and gathered his own miss after a long rebound. Calderon, though, missed the second attempt with Parsons collapsing onto him and Montiejunas controlled the rebound as time expired.

"It's a lot of the same problems," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admitted. "Keeping people in front of us and giving up too many layups."

Houston led 32-30 after the first quarter and owned a 63-57 advantage at the break.

Game Notes

Houston shot 41-for-74 from the field ... Dallas was 5-of-19 from beyond the arc ... Shawn Marion and Monta Ellis each scored six points on a combined 6- for-20 shooting ... The Mavs scored 19 points on 18 Houston turnovers.

01/30 00:39:34 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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y= clinched division title
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