The Suns rallied to fourth, beating the MAFS 112-104 to claim their 11th consecutive win
Phoenix Michael Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists, and the Phoenix Suns took their winning streak to 11 points, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 112-104 on Friday night.
The winning streak is the Suns’ longest since the 2006-07 season – and the latest win follows a familiar pattern. Phoenix was pretty impressive in the first three quarters before playing top basketball in the last 12 minutes.
After the Mavericks led 84-79 in the fourth quarter, the Suns used a 10-2 lead 89-86 with 8:55 left. Phoenix kept rolling from there: Landry Shamet hit Jay Crowder for a quick break 3-pointer for a 94-86 advantage and Booker hit a 3rd corner kick to advance 103-90 with 4:12 left.
Phoenix struggled at times with transitions but made up for them by shooting 14-for-29 from a 3-point range. Bridges were 7 of 7 from the field, and 3 of 3 went on 3s.
Dallas lost eight points in a row to The Suns. Christapps Porsengis led the Maffes with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Galen Bronson and Tim Hardaway Jr. were both 18 years old.
The teams played each other for the second time in three nights. The Suns won 105-98 Wednesday night. Once again, the Mavericks had a good fight with injured star Luka Doncic, but was overpowered by the Suns in the fourth quarter.
Phoenix led 55-51 in the first half. Bridges led all scorers with 17 points and made all six shots. Paul added 10 points and four assists. Porzingis led the Maffes with 12 points before the end of the first half.
Doncic (sprained left knee and ankle) missed his second game in a row but did some practice with the team during the road trip – including during Friday’s pre-match warm-up. Coach Jason Kidd said he hopes the star plays Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mavericks: F/C Maxi Kleber (slash left breed) missed the second game in a row. Doncic averages 24.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists. …C Willie Cauley-Stein scored his sixth career triple during the third quarter, which got huge encouragement from the Dallas bench. Cauley-Stein is now 6 of 32 out of the arc in his seven-year career.
Suns: F/C Frank Kaminsky (right knee soreness) missed his second game in a row. … JaVale McGee earned 14 points from the bench on 7 out of 10 shots. Cam Johnson added 13 points and made three throws. … F Ish Wainwright made his career debut, playing in the last minute of the fourth quarter.
Mavericks: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Suns: Host Denver Sunday Night.
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