Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 109, Suns 99

February, 1, 2013
2/01/13
10:34
PM CT
How it happened: This game didn’t come down to a call.

After falling behind by double figures in the third quarter, Dallas finished strong, closing that frame with a 13-4 run and dominating the fourth quarter, in which the Mavs outscored the Suns by a 35-24 margin.

The Mavs’ bench came up big, with reserves accounting for half their six double-digit scorers. Vince Carter had 17 points, including a seven-point flurry early in the fourth quarter. Jae Crowder contributed 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and recently-returned-to-the-rotation Brandan Wright added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Shooting guard O.J. Mayo led the Mavs with 20 points, although he had an off shooting night (7-of-19 on field goals). Point guard Darren Collison stuffed the box score with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.

Forward Shawn Marion (14 points, 11 rebounds) posted his second straight double-double.

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What it means: The Mavs ensured they wouldn’t be swept on this four-game trip, snapping a two-game losing streak. Dallas improved to 20-26 with the win, putting the Mavs 4.5 games behind the Houston Rockets for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Play of the game: Carter hit a pull-up 3 in transition to give the Mavs an 84-81 lead with a little less than nine minutes remaining. He got an easy steal off a wild pass from an airborne Goran Dragic, dribbled up the court and launched the shot when he saw Michael Beasley was on his heels.

Stat of the night: The Mavs committed only two of their 15 turnovers in the second half.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
19.1 4.2 1.9 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.4
AssistsR. Rondo 6.4
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksT. Chandler 1.2