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W2W4: Seeking to continue dominance of Suns

1/30/2012

The Dallas Mavericks look to keep their hold on sole possession of first place in the Southwest Division after Sunday's 101-100 overtime win over the rival San Antonio Spurs. They'll have to do it in a quick turnaround and without injured point guard Jason Kidd against the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix is coming off a big home win over Memphis on Saturday to improve to just 4-5 at home this season. The Suns have not had much success against Dallas in recent times, losing seven in a row and 10 of 11. The Mavs have had some troubles in the dessert, but have split the last eight.

The Suns haven't defeated the Mavs on their home court since Jan. 28, 2010.

Records: (13-8); Suns (7-12)

When: 8 p.m.

Where: US Airways Center

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM; 1270 AM (Spanish)

What to watch: Dirk Nowitzki enters Game 2 of his return from four games off. He still hasn't found a rhythm offensively, but he says he feels stronger and that should slowly, but surely lead to higher shooting percentages.

Key matchup: Steve Nash vs. Rodrigue Beaubois

On Sunday it was Tony Parker and now Steve Nash. Beaubois, 23, has youth and quickness on his side. Nash has guile and experience. The Suns are totally dependent on Nash to make just about everything happen for them offensively. He's averaging 14.3 points and 9.9 assists. Beaubois is emerging as a promising playmaker at both ends. In his last three games, Beaubois is averaging 15.7 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 blocks in 30.7 minutes.

Injuries: Mavs -- G Jason Kidd (strained right calf ) is out. Suns -- None.

Up next: Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m., Wednesday