Nowitzki Scores 35, Mavericks Beat Rockets 117-110

DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks rallied Wednesday night for 117-110 victory over the Houston Rockets, whose playoff hopes took another blow.

Jason Terry put the Mavericks ahead to stay with a 3-pointer that made it 93-92 with 7:37 left.

By the time Nowitzki completed a three-point play 3 1/2 minutes later, the Mavericks led 102-94. That wrapped up a 20-6 run their 11-time All-Star forward started with consecutive 3-pointers.

The Rockets lost their fifth straight game, matching their longest losing streak of the season. That dropped Houston a half-game behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot with four games left.

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