HOUSTON -- Chandler Parsons poured in a career-high 32 points and the Houston Rockets blew out the Dallas Mavericks, 136-103, Sunday night at the Toyota Center.
Parsons converted 12 of 13 shots, including 6-of-7 from three-point range, as the Rockets (33-28) inched another notch farther away from the Mavs (26-33) in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday in Dallas in a game that could seal the Mavs' playoff fate.
Houston put Sunday's game away with a 44-point explosion in the third period. The Rockets entered the third period leading, 64-61, and left it leading 108-78.
James Harden tallied 14 of his 21 points in the third period, and Parsons added 11 points in the third quarter. The 44 points were a season-high for the Rockets, whose previous single-quarter high was 42 points which they scored in the second period of a Dec. 8 loss to the Mavs.
OJ Mayo led the Mavs with 18 points, Shawn Marion scored 14, Vince Carter had 12 and Mike James added 11 points.
Besides Parsons and Harden, the Rockets got 21 points and nine assists form Jeremy Lin, 10 points and 210 reobunds from Omer Asik, and 10 points and eight boards from Thomas Robinson.
-- Dwain Price
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