Postgame Central: Suns vs Mavericks- Dec. 6, 2012
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Late Rally Falls Short
By: Stefan Swiat, Suns.com
It was “Satisfaction Guaranteed Night” at US Airways Center on Thursday, and the Suns provided that satisfaction for the majority of the evening. Except for a small lapse in the third period, Phoenix played well the entire night, even leading by as many as 10 early on.
However, in the third period, the Suns fell behind by 15 points, thanks to being on the wrong end of a 23-4 run. Despite a fourth-quarter rally that allowed the Suns to tie the game with 48.5 seconds left in regulation, the Suns dropped a 97-94 home decision to the Mavs on TNT.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all,” Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. “At some stage we were shooting 18 percent deep into the (third) quarter. And the shots that we were taking we were forcing a little bit, so we didn’t have very good court balance.”
The Suns held the fourth-best 3-point shooting club to a mere 33-percent shooting, forced Dallas into four more turnovers and Suns power forward Markieff Morris recorded a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with his team-high 15 points. However, the Suns were stymied by 39.5-percent shooting from the floor, being outscored by 11 on the fast break and permitting an improbable season-high 16 points from Dallas reserve forward Brandan Wright.
The Suns have yet to win a game this season when shooting under 40 percent. They also allowed the Mavs to shoot 54 percent from the floor in the second half.
“The ball was sticking,” Morris said. “We weren’t getting as much movement as usual and they were making tough shots. We went down, but coach called a couple timeouts and we regrouped and fought.”
Goran Dragic (15 points), Luis Scola (13 points and nine rebounds), Jared Dudley (11 points) and Shannon Brown (11 points) filled out the rest of the Suns in double figures. Dudley’s 2-of-2 is especially encouraging. The Suns swingman collected his fourth-straight game in double figures, extending his season-best streak. It was the fifth time in six games that he’s scored in double-digits.
He’s now 9-of-11 from downtown in his last four games.
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