NBA Wrap: Mavericks rally to beat Rockets

NBA Wrap: Mavericks rally to beat Rockets
November 21, 2013, 12:45 am

Dirk Nowitzki took over 15th place from Reggie Miller in the NBA's scoring list after he scored his 25,280th point in the Mavericks' win over the Rockets. (USA Today Images)

DALLAS -- Monta Ellis had a season-high 37 points and assisted on the go-ahead basket to spoil Dwight Howard's best offensive night for Houston, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Rockets 123-120 Wednesday night.

Dallas was down one when Ellis drove and zipped a pass to Shawn Marion in the corner for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.

Houston's James Harden had a chance to tie it with 9 seconds left but missed the second of two free throws. Jose Calderon made two free throws after a Houston foul, and Harden shot an airball on a 3-point try in the final seconds.

Howard made his first 11 shots and scored a season-high 33 points (see full recap).

George, Pacers top Knicks in OT
NEW YORK -- Paul George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night over the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight at home.

New York scored the first 13 points, but this settled into a playoff-type game between teams who met in the postseason last May. And it again went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-record 9-0 start.

George Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Knicks in six games in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals. Just as in the clincher of that series, Roy Hibbert had a pivotal block on Carmelo Anthony's drive to the basket.

Anthony had 30 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who looked completely deflated after they couldn't score following the free throws George made when Iman Shumpert was called for fouling him (see full recap).

Parker leads Spurs past Celtics
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 104-93 Wednesday night, winning their eighth straight overall and remaining undefeated at home.

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio's previous home game to score 13 points. Boris Diaw had 12 points, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).

Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger each had 19 points for Boston, which has lost five straight.

There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither team was able to sustain any momentum.

San Antonio was able to pull away midway through the third quarter behind strong individual efforts by Leonard, Parker and Manu Ginobili (see full recap).