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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
After 3: Mavs 77, Suns 66

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- The highlight of the quarter was a Jason Kidd to Rodrigue Beaubois alley-oop in which Roddy was well above the rim, reached back with both hands to corral the high pass and slammed it in.

Shortly after that, Kidd ended a personal nine-quarter scoring drought with a 3-pointer that put the Mavs back up by 10 after building a 13-point lead thanks to consecutive steals that turned into five quick points.

Amazingly, Dallas ended the quarter with a worse shooting percentage than the Suns (43.5-41.7). But, 15 Phoenix Suns turnovers for a 15-6 lead in points off turnovers has been a detriment. The Mavs are winning the rebound battle, 42-36, and they kept alive the final possession a couple of times, leading to a buzzer-beating 3 by Jason Terry.

Dirk Nowitzki still leads the Mavs with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Lamar Odom and Shawn Marion each have 11. Grant Hill, Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat all have 12 points for the Suns.