LAS VEGAS -- Jermaine Taylor scored 21 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 87-78, in a Texas match-up in the final game of the second day of action at the 2010 NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
"We did what we needed to do out there to get the win," said Taylor.
"Personally, I think I could have done a little better on the defensive end, but that's what I'm here for -- to work on my game, so that's what I'm doing."
Having been down by as many as 10 points, the Rockets trailed the Mavericks by one heading into the game's final stanza. In the fourth, though, Dallas took over, outscoring their in-state rival 26-16 and stretching their lead to as many as 11 points before capturing the nine-point lead.
Omar Samhan and the Mavericks charged into the first quarter burying the Rockets in an 11-3 hole in the first four minutes of the period, and holding an eight point lead, 19-11, until the last two minutes of the quarter. That was when Houston fired back, going on an 8-3 run of their own to end the quarter down two, 19-10. Samhan shot 5-of-6 from the field in the first to lead all first-quarter scorers with 10 points.
Houston continued to dig out of the deficit in the second quarter, tying the game at 21 in the period's opening minutes before taking the lead, their first of the game, on a Jermaine Taylor bucket that brought the score to 43-33 with 3:50 to play in the half. From there, the teams traded buckets and the lead with neither owning a lead of more than three points until the half's final 90 seconds when Dallas went on a 6-2 run to finish the half up 47-42. Samhan added three points in the second, while teammate Rodrigue Beaubois scored 9 in the quarter -- they each finished with 14 points in the half. For Houston, Taylor's 8 points led the way.
The Rockets eliminated Dallas' five-point half time lead, chipping away before tying the game at 52 with 4:58 and then at 61 with 1:07 to play. At the end of three, Dallas owned a one-point lead, 62-61. Taylor scored 10 points in the quarter, including 4-of-4 from the free throw line, contributing to Dallas' dominance at the stripe. Through three, The Rockets outshot the Mavericks 85 percent to 48 percent from the line.
Beaubois led all scorers with 28 points, while Samhan finished the game with 17. Mavericks teammate Dominique Jones chipped in with 10 points in the loss. Taylor's offensive effort was complemented by Jordan Hill's 14 points and a nine-point effort from Dwight Lewis.