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Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets play the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. (Photo: REUTERS)
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The Houston Rockets dropped back down to .500 after a loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The Spurs led by as much as 33 points in the contest.
James Harden led the Rockets offensively during the game, scoring 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting. However, the rest of the squad struggled from the field, making just 34 percent of their shots according to NBA.com. Jeremy Lin contributed to this offensive struggle, scoring just four points in 26 minutes of play.
The scoring struggles are nothing new for Lin this year. As we previously reported, Lin had the lowest shooting percentage of any starting guard in the NBA just a few weeks ago.
The Spurs loss was a familiar story for the Rockets, who dropped their sixth straight road game of the season. Each of Houston's last two losses away from the Toyota Center have been by 22 points.
However, tonight Houston returns home, where the team has been dominant of late. The Rockets have won six straight games in Houston, including a two-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Houston has scored 100 points or more in five of those six contests.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, are a game within .500 after a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. The win helped Dallas rebound from four losses in a five-game stretch, including a 22-point defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. O.J. Mayo led Dallas with 23 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 34 seconds remaining.
However, Dallas suffered two key injuries in that contest. Center Chris Kaman and guard Shawn Marion each left the Suns contest, and their status for Saturday night's game is unknown. Both are listed as questionable for the game, according to CBS Sports.
This comes on top of the injury to All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has missed the entire season after undergoing knee surgery in October. The forward initially targeted being back on the court by mid-December, but the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this week that this is looking less likely. Instead, he is not expected to return until late December or January at the earliest.
Dallas has won seven straight regular-season games against the Rockets, including a season sweep of the series last season. In their most recent matchup, Dallas won by seven thanks to 35 points from Nowitzki. Thirty-one of those points came in the second half.
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