Toronto, Canada – HOUSTON (Reuters) - Aaron Brooks scored 30 points, including six three-pointers, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 97-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
The Texas rivals were tied at 89-89 with 2:11 left on the clock when Shane Battier drained a three-pointer to give the Rockets the lead. Brooks added another three on the next scoring shot to widen the gap.
The Mavericks (22-10) trailed by 13 points during the third quarter but fought their way back and had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but Jason Kidd's long-range shot just missed.
"This was just a great win. Our effort was tremendous tonight," Rockets coach Rick Adelman told reporters. "We played through a lot of stuff, so I was really happy to finish the year like that."
Nowitzki struggled to open up Houston's defense and finished with 11 points.
"(We disrupted Nowitzki) a little bit," said Landry.
"I've played against him a few times. This is my third year, so I kind of understand what he likes to do and his strengths. I just tried to take away his strengths."
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)