Dirk Nowitzki played the entire first period against the Rockets tonight and took six shots and had six points. That's good news for the Mavericks. Dirk took only eight shots against New Orleans and had a season low seven points, although that didn't hurt the Mavericks since they won. But Dirk getting seven is obviously less than ideal.
Dallas leads 37-32 with 5:27 left in the second quarter and Dirk has just re-entered the game.
-- Jan Hubbard