Rockets fall to division rival Mavericks, 107-104

Jordan Smith on Dec. 9, 2018

The Houston Rockets have continued their recent slide of games in which they come out on the losing end, this time to one of their geographical and divisional rivals ,the Dallas Mavericks, by a final score of 107-104 Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

With the loss, the Rockets now sit second to last in the Western Conference, only ahead of the Phoenix Suns who sit in last with a record of 4-22 on the season. The Suns are the only team in the Western Conference without double digit wins so far this year.

Houston also sits in last in the Southwest Division, 0.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs who have a 12-14 record on the season to date. The Rockets are only four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for first in the division and six games behind the Denver Nuggets for first in the Western Conference.

Power forward PJ Tucker was on the court the longest with 39 minutes played for Houston. In that 39 minutes, Tucker scored five points on 22.2% shooting, with one three-pointer made in four shots, six rebounds and a steal.

Starting center Clint Capela was the only Rockets player to get a double-double on the night, with 12 points on six-for-eight shooting. Capela also grabbed 13 rebounds, nine on the defensive end, and got an assist on his stat line as well.

Point guard Chris Paul, in 37 minutes, scored 23 points with three-for-seven shooting from behind the three-point line, as well as one steal. Shooting guard James Harden tied with Paul for the team lead in assists with eight for each of them. Harden had the team lead in points, as expected, with 35 points in 36 minutes of play. Harden also grabbed four rebounds in the game.

Besides Paul and Harden, none of the other Rockets who made an appearance on the night scored more than 12 points in the game. Both Harden and Paul were also the only ones on the roster to get more than one assist in the game; they both got eight assists in the game.

The Rockets, who now sit 11-14 on the season, will have a few days rest before their next game when they will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at the Toyota Center.

*Stats courtesy of NBA.com

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