Mavs vs. Rockets final score: Houston uses big 3rd quarter to run away from Dallas, 136-103

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets outscored the Mavs 44-17 in the third quarter of Sunday night's game to propel Houston to an easy victory.

Chandler Parsons made his first 11 shots en route to 32 points, and the Houston Rockets used a huge third quarter to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 136-103 on Sunday night at the Toyota Center.

Parsons finished the night shooting 12-of-13 overall and 6-of-7 from three-point range, as the Rockets shot a scorching 57.5 percent from the field and made 14 threes. James Harden and Jeremy Lin also had big games, pouring in 21 points apiece and combining for 16 assists.

After struggling somewhat in the opening minutes and falling behind by as many as nine in the second quarter, Houston closed the first half on a run to take a 64-61 lead into the break. The Rockets then went gangbusters in the third quarter, outscoring the Mavs 44-17 and turning the game into a laugher.

O.J. Mayo led Dallas with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Mavs shot 47.5 percent and made 12 threes of their own, but they turned the ball over 18 times, which led to 32 Rockets' points.

With the win, Houston is now just percentage points behind the Utah Jazz for seventh place in the Western Conference.

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