HOUSTON -- On a night when they really needed it, the Dallas Mavericks buckled down and defended the three-point line very well Monday against the Houston Rockets.
One of the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA, the Rockets made just 7-of-19 threes and the Mavs turned that terrfic defense from behind the arc into a 111-104 victory at the Toyota Center.
Not only were the Mavs leery of the Rockets' ability to make threes. They had to also be concerned about their inability to guard the three since Phoenix converted 15 of 30 threes against Dallas this past Saturday.
"I figured if we could keep them under 10 threes we would have a chance,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think they made five in the first half and two in the second.''
By contrast, the Mavs were 11-of-22 from three-point range.
-- Dwain Price
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