JAMES Harden came up big in the dying seconds to help the Houston Rockets fend off a furious rally and keep the Dallas Mavericks winless in three outings, 93-92, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Harden missed an opportunity to seal the win when he missed two of four free throws late to keep a charging Mavs team, led by Wesley Matthews, in the game. Matthews dropped nine of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs erase a 10-point Rockets lead with four seconds left, 92-all.
But Harden, who made just one of his two free throws before Matthews’ game-tying triple, had another split at the line with 0.1 seconds left to seal the win.
Harden led all scorers with 28 points and had seven assists. Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson each chipped in 14 markers for the Rockets, who have won two straight since losing their season opener to the Rockets.
JJ Barea helped Matthews in giving the Mavs some firepower with 18 points , while Deron Williams added 12 markers and Harrison Barnes chipped in 10. Dirk Nowitzki did not suit up for Dallas for the second straight game.