Without Nowitzki, Mavericks fall to Rockets, 116-108 (OT)

DALLAS - Kyle Lowry came off the bench for a career-high 26 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets took advantage of the second-half absence of Dirk Nowitzki to beat the Mavericks 116-108 in overtime Friday night.

Aaron Brooks added 25 points and Luis Scola contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Rockets end the Mavericks' five-game winning streak.

J.J. Barea scored 23 points, and Josh Howard and Shawn Marion each had 17 points for the Mavericks, who rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game to overtime.

Carl Landry of the Rockets was taken to an emergency room for treatment after breaking several teeth in a second-quarter collision
near the basket with Nowitzki and missed the second half.

Nowitzki drove into the lane and missed a short jumper with 9:28 left before halftime. He was fouled by Landry, who was hit in the mouth by Nowitzki's elbow.

Before going to the locker room for X-rays and stitches to close a cut on his right elbow, Nowitzki, a right-hander, made one of the two free throws he shot left-handed. Landry, who started the night averaging 16.6 points, scored two points in seven minutes. Nowitzki, who leads the Mavs with a 26.9-point average, was done after scoring five points in 10 minutes.

Brooks' 3-pointer with 3:18 left in overtime gave Houston the lead for good at 106-104. Lowry added a pair of free throws and Brooks hit a short jumper with 1:19 remaining to extend the advantage to 110-104.

Dallas pulled within 99-97 with 1:00 remaining in regulation on Marion's layup. Brooks converted one of two free throws with 19 seconds left to give the Rockets a 100-97 edge but Tim Thomas' 3-pointer out of the left corner with 10.5 seconds in regulation tied it for the Mavericks.


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