DALLAS -- Chandler Parsons scored 26 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 117-115 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
The loss left the Mavs 1-1 on this four-game home stand and 26-21 on the season. Houston improved to 31-17 and ended its season series with the Mavs tied at 2-2.
The Mavs trailed by 12 with 4:08 left, but managed to get into position to at least send the game into overtime. But Jose Calderon -- trying to win it -- missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 4.9 seconds.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 38 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 22, Devin Harris finished with 14 points for the third straight game, and DeJuan Blair scored 13.
Other than Parsons, the Rockets got 21 points and five rebounds from Dwight Howard, 18 points and seven assists from Jeremy Lin, 16 points from Terrence Jones, 12 points from Donatas Motiejunas, and 11 each from Patrick Beverly and Aaron Brooks.
The Rockets played without James Harden, who has sat out the past two games after bruising his left thumb last Saturday against Memphis.
Houston led 32-30 after the first quarter, 63-57 at the half and 91-85 after the third period.
The Mavs will host the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at 7:30 and Cleveland on MOnday before playing at Memphis on Feb. 5.
-- Dwain Price
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