Friday , Dec , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – December 3

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – December 3 ===

(Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his career-high 53 points in
overtime to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Houston Rockets, 113-106, on
Thursday at AmericanAirlines Center.

Nowitzki, whose 53 points established a franchise best, scored the first 10
points of overtime and helped the Mavericks to their third win in the last
four games. Nowitzki had a solid night on the court, also pulling down 16
rebounds and making 15-of-32 shots from the field. He sank 21-of-22 foul
shots.

Marquis Daniels and Jason Terry both netted 14 points for Dallas, winners of
eight of the last nine meetings with the Rockets.

Nowitzki opened the extra session on fire and his three-point play staked
Dallas to a 98-93 advantage. He was sent back to the line and buried both
tries to make it 100-93. Nowitzki kept the hot hand and his three-pointer with
3:36 left staked the Mavericks to a 103-93 cushion.

Tracy McGrady would end the Nowitzki show with a three and pull the Rockets
within seven with 2 1/2 minutes to go. Another trey by McGrady with just over
a minute left trimmed the deficit to 108-104, but the Rockets would get no
closer and suffered the seven-point loss.

Nowitzki has recorded a double-double in five straight games and eight of his
last nine outings. He has scored 20 or more points in 14-of-16 games this
season.

The Mavericks are off until Saturday when they host the Utah Jazz. Last season
the teams split four contests.

DAL