Christian Petersen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Rockets guard James Harden had 24 points and 11 assists as Houston defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, 118-108 to take Game 1 of their Western Conference first round series.
In 39 minutes of action, Harden was 4-of-11 from the field and 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. Guard Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter while forward Trevor Ariza contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Trailing 55-54 with 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Houston scored five unanswered points to go into locker room with a 59-55 lead. They would never trail after that.
Forward Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 24 points and center Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 18 rebounds.
Both teams had seven players score in double figures.
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