Mavericks at Rockets
7 p.m. Tuesday, Toyota Center, Houston
TV: TNT, KTXA/Ch. 21
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/ 1540 AM (Spanish)
Series: Rockets lead 3-1
About the Mavericks: A sweep was averted Sunday when the Mavericks beat the Rockets 121-109 in Dallas. Monta Ellis led the way with 31 points. But it was the new starting lineup, featuring point guard J.J. Barea and small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, that really lit a fire under the Mavericks. ... Barea finished with 17 points, 13 assists and three rebounds along with his energetic play. ... Aminu had 16 points and 12 rebounds and was 6-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers. ... Amar’e Stoudemire (12 points, 18 minutes) and Charlie Villanueva (eight points, six rebounds, 12 minutes) provided a spark off the bench in Game 4. ... The Mavericks must be concerned about their free-throw shooting. Even on their home court they were just 9-of-21 from the line in Game 4. ... The Mavericks outrebounded Houston 52-38.
About the Rockets: The Rockets are in position to close the series on their home court. ... Including the playoffs, the Rockets are 4-0 against the Mavericks in Houston this season. ... Josh Smith (23 points, six rebounds) and Corey Brewer (22 points, five rebounds) gave the Rockets a big boost off the bench in Game 4. Houston’s reserves outscored the Dallas reserves 49-31. ... The Rockets missed 17 consecutive field goals during a 9:56 stretch spanning the second and third quarters. They led 37-25 with 11:22 remaining in the first half, but were outscored 96-72 the rest of the way. ... Dwight Howard had 13 points and seven boards in Game 4. He was 5-of-5 from the field with 10 points in the first quarter, but scored only three points the remainder of the game.