HOUSTON -- On a night when Dirk Nowitzki became the No. 19th all-time scorer in NBA history, the Dallas Mavericks earned a split of their Texas two-step when they beat the Houston Rockets 101-99 Saturday night in overtime at the Toyota Center.
Chase Budinger missed a wide open three-pointer at the buzzer that would gave given the Rockets the victory.
The victory came one night after the Mavs got drilled by the San Antonio Spurs, 104-87.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 31 points and seven rebounds, Jason Terry poured in 24 points, Shawn Marion collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Brandan Wright finished with 14 points, six rebounds and seven blocks.
Barkley finished his career with 23,757 points. Nowitzki now has 23,758.
The Mavs (28-22) had the ball and were nurisng a 102-99 lead. But they commiytted an eight-second violation, giving the Rockets (26-23) the ball and the chance to win the game.
Nowitzki could have possibly sealed it for the Mavs when he went to the free throw line with 10.9 seconds left and Dallas ahead, 90-88. Nowitzki, however, split two freee throws, which only left the Mavs up, 91-88.
Houston seized the moment, and Chandler Parsons send the game into overtime tied at 91-91 when he nailed a three-point field goal with just 3.3 seconds left.
-- Dwain Price
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