Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Goran Dragic scored a team-high 22 points and
dished out 13 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 102-91 win over the Dallas
Mavericks on Wednesday.
P.J. Tucker and Luis Scola added double doubles for the Suns, who had dropped
10 straight games entering the contest.
Tucker finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Scola added 11 points
and 15 boards. Wesley Johnson poured in 17 points despite being held scoreless
in the second half.
Shawn Marion scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds and
Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and eight boards for the Mavericks, who were
eliminated from playoff contention following the Lakers 113-106 win over the
Portland Trail Blazers.
It is just the first time Dallas will miss the playoffs since the 1999-00
Dragic led Phoenix offensively in the first, netting 11 points in the frame on
5-of-6 shooting. The Suns trailed 10-9 with 8:15 remaining, but used a 19-4
burst to go up 28-14. Dallas scored the final seven points of the period,
making it 28-21.
The Mavs outscored Phoenix, 15-7, over the first 4:10 of the second to take a
36-35 lead, but the Suns countered with a 19-5 burst to go up 54-41, and the
visitors led 61-51 at the break.
Dallas opened the second half on a 12-2 swing to tie the game, but Dragic
halted the run with a trey to give the Suns a 66-63 edge. The Suns would score
the next nine points and took an 81-71 edge into the fourth.
Marion's hook shot pulled Dallas within four, 91-87, with 2:45 left. The Suns,
though, opened a 9-2 surge to take a 100-89 lead with 47 seconds to seal the
Jared Dudley scored 17 for the Suns ... Dallas outscored Phoenix 40-32 in the
paint ... The Suns went 12-for-27 from 3-point range ... Vince Carter was the
only other Mavericks player in double figures with 18 points.
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