HOUSTON -- From his place on the bench, Jae Crowder knew his team was in deep trouble Friday night at the Toyota Center.
So once he got in the game, the second-year forward was going to make sure the Dallas Mavericks didn't go down to the Housotn Rockets without a fight.
Crowder tallied all 15 of his points in the last 5:15 of the game -- all on three-pointers. Although the Mavs wound up losing to the Rockets, 113-105, Crowder's message was sent.
"I just didn't want to lay down, and I felt since we have to play these guys again to just put a little fear in their head and their heart and make them think about how the game ended,'' Crowder said. "Our whole thing on the bench is to come out with a lot of energy.''
The Mavs' bench outscored the Rocket reserves, 49-37. But the Rockets' starters outscored the Mavs' starters, 76-56, and Houston rolled to a 38-22 lead after the first period and had the Mavs scrambling from there.
"It shocked us the way they came out and it makes us feel like we have some work to do,'' Crowder said. "You just work to gain confidence, and as much time as I put in the gym to keep shooting and keep working on my game, that builds my confidence, so when I get in the game I make it seem like I'm just in the gym by myself.
"I work for confidence and that's what's going on.''
Crowder wound up making 5-of-8 shots against the Rockets, including 5-of-7 three-pointers, in just 13 minutes.
-- Dwain Price
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