Again the Phoenix Suns lose another heartbreaker, this time to the Mavericks 110-107.
The Suns fall to 22-17 with the loss, after P.J. Tucker’s shot missed with only a couple seconds remaining. It was a beautiful play set up by Hornacek, unfortunately it didn’t fall. And the worst thing is Tucker’s foot was on the line anyway.
The Suns never led during the game for the first time this season, and that is not good for your chances to win. Even if you aren’t leading the whole game to give yourself a chance you “want” the lead go back and forth.
The Suns played OK during this game, kept making runs when they needed to so the deficit was never more than 12. For big chunks of the game, the Dallas lead was in the low single-digits, Phoenix just couldn’t get over the hump and get ahead.
For the Suns, Goran Dragic led the team in scoring with 28 points on 12-20 from the field, and weird 0-4 from deep. The Dragon also added five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
The Morrii off the bench were second and third on the Suns in points as Markieff scored 23 points (+14 plus/minus), along with 12 boards and a couple assists, while his twin Marcus added 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Gerald Green had 12 points as a starter with two boards, two assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes. Tucker had 11 points, a near double-double with nine rebounds, a couple assists and a near game-winner.
Unfortunately for the Suns, too many of the Mavericks caught fire. The two veterans Dirk Nowitzki and former Sun Shawn Marion both found the fountain of youth. Nowitzki finished with 21 on 9-16 shooting. He made his signature trailer-threes (being the trailer on a fastbreak, catching it at the three-point line, and draining it). He also, just didn’t miss much on his patented one-legged-turnaround-fadeaway, or anywhere really. Marion finished with 16 points and seven boards, even draining three from deep, which is surprising considering his crazy shot release.
Monta Ellis actually led the Mavs in scoring with 25 points on a surprisingly efficient 10-20 from the floor. The real problem was the Suns let rookie Shane Larkin go off for 18 points off the bench.
Phoenix really settled for three-pointers a bit during the game, making only seven, but chucking up 22. That is a setting yourself up for failure.
The Suns did have 60 points in the paint, which is good, but their defense just couldn’t hold up.
Phoenix has to regroup as they host the Denver Nuggets Sunday.