Offense Explodes in Suns' 123-108 Win Over Dallas

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Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said before Saturday night’s game that Phoenix is “every bit as good as their [15-10] record” and followed up by saying “you don’t wipe out a 21-point lead at Denver if you’re not good.”

Shooting 75 percent from the field in the fourth quarter isn’t bad proof either.

The Suns’ offense, which had been potent enough for most of the night, turned in the most efficient quarter’s performance of the season to pull away for a 123-108 home win over Dallas. Phoenix connected on 12 of its 16 shot attempts in the final period to earn its seventh win in eight games and 11th out of 15.

“Offensively, that was probably our best game [of the season],” said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek.

Especially from beyond the arc. The Suns hit exactly half of their 30 attempts from three-point range, led by four makes apiece form Gerald Green (22 points) and Channing Frye (18 points, eight rebounds).

Green played down his performance, crediting the rest of of the team for making his recent 10-of-20 spree from three an easy affair.

“They’re the ones that are creating the shots for me,” Green said of his teammates. “It’s just easy for me to knock it down. They’re drawing so much attention from the defense, they’re collapsing to them.”

Eric Bledsoe (25 points, six assists, four rebounds) added a trio of his patented step-in treys while P.J. Tucker (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists) threw in two threes of his own to shake off a five-game shooting slump.

After trailing 2-0 on a Jose Calderon jump shot, the Suns didn’t trail for the rest of the night.

“We wanted to push the ball,” Hornacek said. “We thought that maybe after last night, we had the advantage if we could push it the rest of the game and maybe they would get tired at the end…We wanted to just continue keeping up the pressure and I thought Eric and Goran [Dragic] did that.”

Dallas made several runs to narrow the gap throughout the game, including cutting a 15-point first-half lead to two and an 11-point third-quarter lead to four.

The Mavericks, however, showed more fatigue than the younger Suns after dropping a one-point contest to Toronto in overtime on Friday night.

Phoenix used their younger legs to race out for 17 fast break points and outrebound Dallas 45-36, including 15 offensive rebounds.

“We’re the younger team, so [both teams coming off Friday night games] was to our advantage tonight,” Hornacek said. “They looked a little tired. They had a tough game last night. They’re veteran guys…towards the end of the game we had that little extra [energy] that was left because we’re younger.”