O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets on Saturday night in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench.
James Harden had 30 points at halftime, but the Mavericks slowed him down in the second half. He scored just nine points in the second half.
McHale rejoined the team on Saturday after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.
Chris Kaman added 20 points for Dallas, and Vince Carter and Darren Collison had 12 apiece.
A three-point play by Harden cut the Dallas lead to two points before a jump shot by Mayo made it 109-104. A 3-pointer by Toney Douglas seconds later put Houston back within two with about a minute to go, but Mayo's 3 seconds later extended the lead and the Mavericks held on for the win.
The Rockets battled back from a 19-point deficit with a strong second quarter to lead at halftime and were up by nine points with 7 1/2 to ...