HOUSTON – – Luka Doncic had 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists and Tim Hardaway Jr The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a big run in the fourth quarter to score a 113-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night

Dallas was at the top with about seven minutes ahead of 3, before he extended the lead to 106: 92 with a sprint 14: 3 with seven points from Hardaway and still had about 2½ minutes

Houston couldn’t get anything going when the Mavericks took over The missiles missed five shots and had two turnovers in that time

Hardaway, who made 8 out of 10 3-point attempts, added another 3-pointer to get the game out of reach

Dallas manager Rick Carlisle changed his starting line-up to try for more height against the Rockets, joining Hardaway’s Willie Cauley-Stein, who is 7 feet tall, for the first time this season

“It was a really strong character performance from Tim,” he said. “He’s been great on both ends of the floor. Tim Hardaway has shown how great and professional it is to respond to line-up changes”

“You have to be a pro,” he said “I’m here to help this team in any way I can, just had to make sure I was ready when I got into the game to make a difference”

“We were way too stagnant, didn’t move the ball enough to put pressure on them and make it difficult for them,” said coach Stephen Silas

Both Doncic and Harden were back after sitting with injuries in their team’s final game Doncic returned after missing Sunday’s loss to Chicago with an injured quadriceps. Harden played after being sprained with a sprain on Saturday Had sat against the kings at his ankle

Carlisle was impressed that his team was able to slow Harden down and limit the missiles to just 100 points

“We’ll hold our own on the defensive this year,” he said. “That’s exactly how it will be. We have to build on that somehow”

Houston only made 11 out of 40 3-pointers and Harden was 3 out of 11 remotely and 5 out of 17 overall

“I’m really just disappointed with our offensive efforts tonight because this is not the game I imagined,” said Silas

The Mavericks led by seven points for fourth before Houston opened the quarter on an 8-1 run to tie it about 10 minutes ahead. Eric Gordon made three free throws to get things going, and Sterling Brown had a 3 tying it

Dallas had a 16-point lead after a three-point game by Doncic, with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter The Rockets then scored the next 14 points, only to be within 72-70 four minutes later. Harden had a 3-pointer – Step backwards on that stretch and Jae’Sean Tate covered him with six straight points

Doncic struggled during this time, flipped the ball three times and received a technical foul

The Mavericks finally ended a drought with a 3-hand Hardaway, and it stayed in the quarter for less than three minutes

Another 3-pointer from Hardaway later in the third extended the lead to six points before Gordon hit a 3 for Houston, but Doncic scored the last four points of the quarter to move the Mavericks into fourth with 84-77 bring

DeMarcus Cousins ​​was thrown out after receiving two technical fouls within three minutes in the second quarter, the first coming when he and Cauley-Stein both got one after attacking each other after getting around a ricochet had fought

Cousins ​​were thrown out when he yelled at an officer after not receiving a foul call with about nine minutes in the first half after a layup.Silas was clearly unhappy with the call and stood a few minutes away from a referee who pointed and argued about it before being pushed away by Harden

Mavericks: James Johnson received an apparent 1 foul after punching Tate in the face in a third quarter foul. Cauley-Stein added 15 points with seven rebounds

Missiles: Danuel House missed the game with back problems Ben McLemore was available after suspending the first four games in isolation due to COVID-19 protocols but did not play

Mavericks: Visit Denver Thursday before returning home for games against Orlando and New Orleans this weekend

Rockets: Check out the Pacers on Wednesday before heading back home for three straight games, with the final two going up against the Lakers

Washington Wizards (2-5, 12 in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (6-1, first in Eastern Conference)

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4, 15 in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (4-3, fifth in the Western Conference)

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (5-2, runner-up in the Eastern Conference)

Mavericks vs. Rockets, Luka Doncic

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