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Rockets make come back, beat Mavericks 108-101

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Trevor Ariza had a James Harden game tonight. And James Harden, well, he did too.

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Coming into tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks, ex-Washington Wizard Trevor Ariza had been averaging 16 points in the Houston Rockets last 10 games.

Tonight, he scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, going three-of-seven from the three-point arc, and tallied six assists, six rebounds and two steals.

I think it's safe to say Ariza has found his shooting touch again. And at the perfect time.

With seven more games until the postseason begins, Ariza has helped shoot the Rockets on pace to break the league record in three-pointers attempted and made for a single season. They've already broken the franchise record.

Seriously, though, can we start mentioning Daryl Morey as an Executive of the Year candidate or does the NBA world already hate us enough?

Ariza, along with Corey Brewer, Josh Smith and even Jason Terry came up huge tonight.

All new additions this year.

Remember all those times Jason Terry ruined your night? All those times he decided to catch fire as a Maverick against the Rockets, like he had some sort of personal vendetta against us Houstonians.

It felt good seeing him nail the three-pointer to tie the game and help bring the Rockets back to win in Dallas.

The Rockets outscored Dallas 31-18 in the fourth quarter, finishing with a 20-5 run to end the game.

And I haven't even mentioned James Harden yet.

The entire city of Dallas guarded The Beard, and he still put up 24 points, six assists and four rebounds.

However, Harden's shooting wasn't superb tonight, as he went 6-for-15 from the field and two-of-eight from deep.

Josh Smith had zero points at halftime.

Smith, and to a lesser extent, Brewer, looked tired in the first half of their second game in a back-to-back, and their fourth in five nights. But they were both able to find the energy, dig deep and make a difference in the second half to help Houston transform their comeback into a win.

The headbands off the bench, along with Ariza, were cutting to the basket, attacking with the ball, scoring, shooting outside, rebounding, causing deflections and putting their mark on this comeback.

The Mavs played similarly to Houston in that they have guards who love to attack the basket, get to the rim and create shooting fouls. But they played too sloppily tonight and let Houston steal the game in the fourth quarter. (Though both teams played sloppily; Houston just less so).

Every game I cover, it seems I always have to bring up turnover. The Rockets give up the second-most in the league.

The team had 20 turnovers tonight, seven fewer than the Mavericks.

But a win is a win, and now the Rockets are a half-game over the Memphis Grizzlies for second place in the Western Conference. Dallas is most likely going to get the seventh seed, so not only is winning this game in a comeback fashion is huge for the Rockets' confidence come playoff time, but also they won in Dallas.

That's huge.

Other notes:

  • The difference in post defense between Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones made me excited to hopefully have a healthy Dwight for the playoffs.
  • I thought Amar'e Stoudemire was the old Amar'e Stoudemire until Coach McHale put Smoove on him.
  • Joey Dorsey averages 28 percent from the free-throw line.

The Rockets get to rest until Sunday, when they will head to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on ABC.