Dallas Mavericks

Rockets edge Mavs 111-108 in preseason opener

DALLAS -- It was a ragged foul-filled, turnover-infested game. But apparently that’s what NBA preseason openers have become.

Chandler Parsons scored all 14 of his points in the first half. But it wasn’t enough as the Houston Rockets edged the Dallas Mavericks 111-108 in the preseason opener for both teams Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

Kostas Papanikolaou broke a tie when he buried three free throws with 0.2 seconds left after he was – what else? -- fouled by Jae Crowder near the Mavs’ bench.

The Mavs’ next game is Friday at 7:30 at AAC against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They just hope its shorter than Tuesday’s game, which lasted two hours and 57 minutes.

In his first game since signing a three-year, $46 million free agent contract with the Mavs this past summer, Parsons played 24 minutes and was 3-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point territory. The 6-9 small forward played his first three seasons for Houston, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale had nothing but praise for him Tuesday night.

"Good kid,’’ McHale said. "I talked to (Mavs coach) Rick (Carlisle) about him. I told Rick he’ll do well for him.

"We have to fill in around him and find players that can come in and do some of the stuff he did.’’

Tuesday’s game was marred by fouls and turnovers. Both teams combined to commit 81 fouls, including 49 in the first half and 45 overall by the Rockets.

The NBA regular season record for fouls in a half by both teams is 51 by Boston and Syracuse in 1950. The NBA record for fouls in a game by both teams is 122 in 1949 when Syracuse and Anderson played a five overtime contest.

As for turnovers, each team committed 24 of them. Also, both teams combined to attempt 109 free throws, including 64 by the Mavs.

Other than what they got from Parsons, Tyson Chandler collected 10 points and six boards in 14 minutes for the Mavs, Monta Ellis finished with 13 points, six turnovers and five fouls in 24 minutes, and Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes. In addition, Charlie Villanueva collected 13 points in just 14 minutes and was 3-of-6 form 3-point range.

James Harden (17 points) and Trevor Ariza (12 points) led the Rockets, while Dwight Howard fouled out midway through the third period with six points and six rebounds.

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