The win led Dallas even to Utah 45-28 to secure the fourth straight lead and lead on the court in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
DALLAS – (AP) – Jalen Brunson scored 28 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 26 with Luka Doncic resting on a sore right ankle, and the Dallas Mavericks outscored the Houston Rockets in the second half to secure a 110-91 victory Wednesday night.
The win led Dallas even to Utah 45-28 to secure the fourth straight lead and lead on the court in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Jazz, who lost 125-97 in Boston, currently hold the tiebreaker over the Mavericks. They play Sunday in Dallas.
Rookie Alperen Sengun had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Christian Wood scored 12 points with 10 boards in his 11th straight loss on the Rockets road, which has the worst record in the NBA at 18-55.
Dinwiddie took 19 points early in the second quarter, and Brunson scored 16 in the third while the Mavericks were quickly ahead forever after falling behind 53-52 at the break. Dallas beat Houston 58-38 in the second half.
The previous game Doncic lost, this time due to a foot pain, became Dinwiddie’s first outing with the Mavericks since arriving from Washington in the exchange that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards.
Dinwiddie had his Dallas (and season) record of 36 in that 114-113 victory over Sacramento on March 5th. He and Brunson were the first pair of back-to-back pairings with the Mavericks who needed to keep pace in a tight Western playoff run against an outdated rival.
PHOTOS: The Mavs without Doncic retreat and beat the Rockets from last place by 110-91
“I think Spencer and I have been comfortable since he got here,” Brunson said. “He slowed down a bit as soon as he was inserted into training. It’s a merit for him to be a great teammate who comes here and just wants to win.”
The Mavericks swept the Rockets’ season (4-0) series for the first time since consecutive seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Those were the last two seasons in Dallas as a player for freshman coach Jason Kidd, who was celebrating his 49th birthday.
The Rockets shot just 29% in the second half and were 4 of 28 (14%) from the 3-point range for the game.
“It’s hard to get good shots,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “We have to learn to create good shots against a good defensive team with our pace, our actions, our space. We didn’t do that tonight. “
Dorian Finney-Smith’s first triple gave the Mavericks their first double-digit lead with 77-66 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Finney-Smith scored 14 points.
Dallas went into a 13-3 run to start the fourth quarter with the first 20-point lead.
“We talked about energy,” Kidd said. “At the break, we talked about the communication being a bit quiet. Often Luke will create that energy by throwing the ball or making plays. We had to find it. We did a good job in the second half on both sides. “
Rockets: F Anthony Lamb has signed a two-way deal, but will remain with Rio Grande Valley in the G-League for the time being. Lamb played 24 games with the Rockets last season. … The Rockets lost all four games against Dallas by double digits. … Jae’Sean Tate scored 13 points.
Mavericks: F Davis Bertans missed his second straight game with a sore right knee. … The Mavericks have won four straight games in the Houston series for the first time since their best nine-game winning streak between 2010 and 2013.
Rockets: The first of consecutive games on consecutive nights in Portland on Friday. A Trail Blazers win will give them the season series for the fourth year in a row.
Mavericks: In Minnesota on Friday, four nights after the Mavericks held on to a 110-108 victory over the Timberwolves in Dallas. The Mavericks can take the season series with a win.
The Mavs without Doncic retreated and defeated the Rockets of last place by 110-91
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