Houston 124, Dallas 87

Nov. 17, 2001 at 11:39 PM
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HOUSTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Steve Francis had a season-high 33 points and nine rebounds and Cuttino Mobley scored 16 of his 20 points in an overwhelming third quarter Saturday night to send the Houston Rockets romping past the Dallas Mavericks, 124-87.

Dallas was handed a 26-point loss in Detroit on Thursday night and was within a basket early in the third quarter Saturday evening before the roof caved in.

Houston closed the third quarter on a 41-16 run, making 15 of 20 shots, including fuor of six from three-point range. Mobley made a pair of three-pointers during the outburst, as did Walt Williams, who scored 10 of his season-high 21 points in the quarter.

Kevin Willis had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who scored more than 120 points in a regulation game for the first time since March 28, 2000 against Golden State.

Dallas lost the final two games of its three-game road trip by a combined 63 points and suffered its worst loss since Nov. 17, 1997 at Portland.

Steve Nash scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half and Juwan Howard and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 points apiece for the Mavs, who shot 44 percent and were outrebounded, 50-29.

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