Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks (2-1) scored the first 13 points of the second half to erase a deficit, and they rode Luka Doncic's 26-point, 14-rebound performance to a 116-106 (27-31, 30-29, 34-28, 25-18) victory over the visiting Houston Rockets (1-3) on Tuesday night.

Player of the Game
Luka  Doncic
EFF
28
Luka Doncic
Points 26
Accuracy 10-25
Rebounds 14
Assists 7

Reggie Bullock and Tim Hardaway Jr. each chipped in with 16 for the Mavericks, who were embarrassed 133-108 in the Rockets' only visit to Dallas last season.

Houston led for most of the first half and took a 60-57 edge into the intermission, but 44 seconds later, that advantage was gone for good.

Hoops by Hardaway and Doncic on Dallas' first two possessions of the third period triggered the burst that opened a 10-point Mavericks advantage.

Hardaway added a 3-pointer and Doncic a three-point play to the run, which extended more than four minutes before David Nwaba ended Houston's drought.

Looking to avoid a third loss in four games, the Rockets closed within two on a pair of occasions early in the fourth period, the last time on an Alperen Sengun 3-pointer with 11:13 to go.

Boban Marjanovic countered with a pair of baskets before Bullock hit 2- and 3-pointers in a 9-0 flurry that put the Mavericks in command the rest of the way.

Doncic shot just 10-for-25 overall and 1-for-6 on 3-point attempts but complemented his double-double with seven assists.

Jalen Brunson also posted a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 assists, and Marjanovic finished with 11 points for the Mavericks, who were playing their home opener after splitting a pair on the road to begin the season.

After playing 20 minutes, Kristaps Porzingis left the game due to lower back tightness. He is questionable for the Mavericks' next contest.

The Mavericks outshot the Rockets 46.2 percent to 41.9 percent.

Hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range, Eric Gordon paced Houston with 22 points off the bench. Starters Christian Wood (16), Daniel Theis (15), Kevin Porter Jr. (13), and Jalen Green (10) also scored in double figures.

Wood and Theis notched double-doubles, Wood with a game-high 17 rebounds, Theis with 10 boards. Porter added a team-high eight assists.

The Rockets outscored the Mavericks 48-36 on 3-pointers to keep the game competitive.

Mavericks: Luka Doncic 26 (14 REB, 7 AST), Tim Hardaway Jr. 16, Reggie Bullock 16, Jalen Brunson 11 (11 AST), Boban Marjanovic 11, Kristaps Porzingis 9.

Rockets: Eric Gordon 22, Christian Wood 16 (17 REB), Daniel Theis 15 (10 REB), Kevin Porter Jr. 13 (8 AST).

Luka Doncic performance

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Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
46%
43/93
Field goals
42%
36/86
60
Rebounds
55
25
Assists
24
9
Steals
7
22
Fouls
21
123
Efficiency
99

Best players

Luka  Doncic
26 PTS
10/25 FG
5/5 FT
Eric  Gordon
22 PTS
7/11 FG
5/6 FT
Luka  Doncic
14 REB
12 DREB
2 OREB
Christian  Wood
17 REB
14 DREB
3 OREB
Jalen  Brunson
11 As
2 TO
28 MIN
Kevin  Porter
8 As
6 TO
31 MIN
Luka  Doncic
28 EFF
47% 2P%
17% 3P%
Eric  Gordon
22 EFF
67% 2P%
60% 3P%