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Watch Dallas erase 14-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Rockets (VIDEO)

Nov 21, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Houston seemed in control of this one — up 18 midway through the third quarter, 14 at the start of the fourth, Dwight Howard made his first 11 shots and had 27 points already and was having his way…

Then it all changed.

Dallas shot 73.7 percent in the fourth quarter, with Dirk Nowitzki putting up 14 points in the frame, Monta Ellis 8 and Jose Calderon 7. Meanwhile the Rockets shot just 26 percent. James Harden and Howard were a combined 2-of-10 in the frame. Dallas did everything right, won the quarter 36-19 and the game 123-120.

Great win for Dallas, punch to the gut for the Rockets. 

  1. timb12 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I was really bummed to see Harden try and get the call on the 3 at the end of the game. It was really disheartening to see him put up a bad shot and hope the refs call something. That’s not how games are won.

  2. bougin89 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Take this for whatever you think it’s worth. Harden is now 6-24 on shots in final 2 minutes of game or OT that would have tied or given the Rockets the lead.

  3. misremembered72 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    It makes me happy to see the Rockets struggle. Vince Carter told Duh-wight during a timeout that “you’re the biggest cry baby i know” which i rather appreciated and enjoyed. I never had anything against Harden but with all his flailing and flopping he’s getting no sympathy from me

    • dualprime - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Dirk’s crying made me stop watching. The man can shoot but beyond that he’s a joke.

      • money2long - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

        so…beyond his ring too ?

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Wasn’t Dwight Howard supposed to help them on defense? They gave up 123 points.

    To his credit he is shooting 65% FTs over his last 5…

  5. smileyd123 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Pickup an all star center and your defense becomes worst. Omer Asik has to be laughing on the bench. James Harden has to learn to hit the big shots and stop looking for whistles. Kobe looks for whistles throughout the game until the game is on the line and he hits the big shots. Rise to the occassion.

  6. divan22 - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Monta also had the 2 biggest assists in the game and 8 total. Averaging over 5 assists per game for the 6th straight year, which is outstanding for a non-PG.

    He is the NBA assist leader among SGs, and only LeBron/Iguodala average more assists as non-PGs.

    And this is the guy Kurt decided to pick on all year. Kurt (and all others who don’t actually watch him play or know basketball) thought that Monta was the epitome of a selfish player who does nothing but shoot inefficiently. When you don’t know much about the sport you’re covering, you tend to expose yourself.

  7. JHathwell - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Even a prime Dwight isn’t going to fix a defense that features for guys who are indifferent at best. Harden has already become the internet’s poster boy for non-effort on D. Besides, Howard is nowhere near the defender he was five years ago.

    This team is not a contender and won’t be unless Dwight leaves or finds the fountain of youth.

  8. losanginsight - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    The Rockets sure do look like a contender.

  9. zoomy123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Houston and Los Angeles are both paper tigers. They both play that run-and-gun offense crap. They play no defense and they don’t build any championship habits. The Clippers and the Rockets are going to learn the hard way come April/May. You don’t lollygag your way through the regular season and then all of a sudden become a great defensive team in the playoffs.

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