By Joshua Reese

Houston (CBS Houston) – The Rockets fall to the depleted Mavericks 110 to 98. The Rockets on a second night of a back to back found themselves shell-shocked as the Mavs jumped to a massive 26 point lead.

Despite not playing Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons the Mavs fired out of the gate scoring 32 points. The Rockets on defense lost multiple Mavs shooters on the three point line allowing wide open looks connecting on five on the nine threes they took in the first quarter alone.

The Rockets aside from Terrence Jones on offense they had nothing working for them early. James Harden even started the game missing his first 11 shots not making his first field goal till 8:06 in the third quarter.

“We were missing, layups, I mean we missed everything, we missed open shots and then we just panicked,” Kevin McHale “to the guys credit they did find a way to find a little gas and fight back in the second half, but that was about as bad as it gets.”

The Rockets would make a comeback outscoring the Mavs in third quarter 33 to 25 giving themselves a chance in the fourth quarter.

With eight minutes left in the fourth, they cut the lead to 10 points and then again with three minutes left. But each time the Rockets came within striking distance Mavs coach Rick Carlisle would call a timeout and the Mavs would point the foot back on the gas.

While they made a game of it late, they just had too much to overcome.

“We were taking a lot of contested shots especially in the first half,” Harden said “instead of driving the lanes and getting better shots we settled a lot,”

The offense was very stagnant in the first half, they seemed happy with whatever look they had off the first pass.

In the second half, the offense flowed a bit better. They moved the ball a little crisper and looked more for the best shot, not the easiest or quickest shot.

There were a few positives, in the fact Jones is stringing a few good games together and they did not quit when they could have. But the team is still in search of the flow/energy/spark that they had last season.

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