Thomas finishes third strong

HOUSTON -- The Mavs’ dynamic bench duo didn’t light it up in the third quarter like they did in the first half.

But Tim Thomas certainly finished strong. Literally.

Thomas threw down a nasty putback slam in Rockets stopper Shane Battier’s face on the Mavs’ final possession of the quarter. That extended the Dallas lead to 91-77.

The refs gave Thomas a weak technical foul for a stare-down after the slam, but Houston missed the freebie, so no harm.

Thomas and Jason Terry have 17 points apiece off the pine. It’d take an epic collapse by the Mavs – kinda like the one last night against the Warriors – to blow this game.