Rockets Crash in First Meeting With Mavs

Houston breaks down in the 4th, falls 107-98
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 5:01 AM CST
Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard (5) passes the ball over Houston Rockets Luis Scola (4) in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Howard scored 21 points in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Dallas Mavericks spoiled Houston's undefeated start to the season, keeping the Rockets on the run through the first three quarters and leaving them in the dust in the fourth, reports the Dallas Morning News. Jason Terry came off the bench with 31 points, including 16 of the Mavericks' final 37, stepping in when Dirk Nowitzki left in foul trouble.

Nowitzki himself had a rocky game, piling up 21 points but never finding his rhythm. Even so, Tracy McGrady's 35 points and eight assists weren't enough to push Houston past the hungry Mavericks, who had some pride to win back after last season's early match-up in which Houston hammered them, 107-76.