Mavs continue dominance of Suns

Updated: February 2, 2013

O.J. Mayo led a balanced attack for Dallas,
scoring 20 points as the Mavericks continued their dominance over the Phoenix
Suns with a 109-99 victory on Friday.

Darren Collison poured in 19 points, Shawn Marion tallied 14 points to go with
11 rebounds and Vince Carter added 17 points off the bench for the
Mavericks, who have captured 11 of the past 12 matchups with Phoenix,
including the first three of this season.

Dallas prevailed despite missing Dirk Nowitzki for the second consecutive
contest with a strained right adductor. Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright scored
13 and 11 points, respectively, in the win.

Goran Dragic fell just shy of a triple-double, registering 19 points, nine
assists and eight rebounds for Phoenix, which was coming off a victory over
the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Shannon Brown scored 20 off the bench, Luis Scola followed with 18 points and
eight boards, and Marcin Gortat tallied 16 points in the setback.

After finishing the third quarter well, the Mavericks took a slim 76-75 lead
on Wright’s short jumper to begin the fourth.

Several minutes later, Carter broke a tie game with a 3-pointer and Crowder
then added one of his own to cap an 11-4 push for the Mavericks, staking them
to a 92-85 edge.

The Suns were able to come within five points several times in the final six
minutes, but second chance opportunities for Dallas kept them from coming any

Dragic’s floater pulled Phoenix within 96-91, but the Mavericks got six shot
attempts on two possessions before Mayo buried a jumper to push the advantage
back up to seven.

Scola answered with a pair of free throws at the other end, but after a Carter
missed jumper, Marion got the offensive rebound and banked in a short jumper
before scoring a layup off a Phoenix turnover to put Dallas ahead, 102-93, all
but ending any hope for the Suns.

Phoenix held a 10-point lead in the third following an 11-0 run, which
featured a triple from Jared Dudley before Gortat scored consecutive baskets
to put the Suns on top, 71-61.

However, Dallas reduced its deficit to one by quarter’s end, as Wright and
Mike James combined for 10 of the Mavs’ points during an 11-3 run to close out
the period.

Game Notes

The Mavericks outscored the Suns, 35-24, in the fourth quarter … Dallas
improved to 4-7 on the second night of a back-to-back and 8-18 on the road
this season … The Suns fell to 3-3 under interim head coach Lindsey Hunter
… The contest featured 12 lead changes and eight ties.