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Postgame Central: Suns vs. Mavs - February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011 US Airways Center
Robin Lopez
13 PTS, 13 REB, 2 BLK
Tyson Chandler
12 PTS, 12 REB

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Thursday's game was decided behind the arc as the Mavs hid 10 treys compared to just 5 for Phoenix. Those extra 15 points proved to be the difference in an otherwise evenly matched boxscore.

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"“We’re a fun team, we’re an upbeat team. I think if I can tap into that mentality, that just takes a lot of weight off my shoulders."
- Robin Lopez

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Guard Steve Nash spoke with the media following the Suns' home loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Suns forward Grant Hill's postgame comments after the Suns' home loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Suns guard Vince Carter shared his thoughts on the Suns' home loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry's postgame comments following the Suns' home loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Dirk Nowitzki scores nine of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks? hold on to beat the Suns 112-106
Steve Nash threads the needle and finds Grant Hill in the paint for the layin.
DeShawn Stevenson brings Marcin Gortat to his knees with an inadvertent elbow to the groin area.
Grant Hill utilizes the pick to his advantage and glides in for the monster jam.

Suns Head Into Break with Home Loss To Mavs

PHOENIX (AP) Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 112-106 on Thursday night for their 13th victory in 14 games.

Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds, including a tip-in with 19 seconds left. Jason Terry scored 16, capped by a pair of free throws with 14.1 seconds to play to give Dallas a 111-106 lead. Shawn Marion added 12 points as the Mavericks improved to 9-0 against Pacific Division foes, including 4-0 on the road.

Channing Frye scored 24 points and Steve Nash had 15 points and 14 assists in just the third loss for the Suns in their last 11 games.

Nowitzki was at his smooth-shooting best most of the night, sinking 8 of 10 in a 19-point first half. He finished the game 13 of 18 from the field and 6 of 6 at the foul line, including a nine-point fourth quarter.

The Suns stayed with the Mavericks through the night despite going 5 of 18 from 3-point range.

Dallas had just six offensive rebounds, but two by Chandler came at crucial points down the stretch. On the first, he dunked and was fouled from behind by Frye for a three-point play that put the Mavs up 101-94 with 3 1/2 minutes left.

The second, with just over 19 seconds left, gave Dallas a 109-103 advantage.

Frye banked in a 3-pointer to cut it to 109-106 with 17.3 seconds left, but Terry's two free throws finally put the game out of reach.

Down by seven at halftime, the Suns led much of the third quarter, but never by more than four points. After Mickael Pietrus' dunk gave Phoenix an 80-76 lead, Dallas scored the last nine of the third quarter on Nowitzki's 22-footer, Marion's reverse layup on a pass from Nowitzki,

Jason Kidd's 3-pointer and a dunk by Marion on another assist by Nowitzki.

Dallas led 85-80 entering the fourth quarter and never trailed again.

Nash's driving layup cut it to 94-92 with 5:38 left, but Nowitzki sank a pair of free throws and a 5-foot jumper to boost it to 98-92 and Phoenix never got that close again.

Notes: Nash missed his only 3-point attempt and still needs one 3 to move ahead of Eddie Jones for sole possession of 10th place on the NBA career list. ... Dallas and San Antonio are the only Western Conference teams Phoenix has not beaten this season. ... Nowitzki's season high was 42 against Detroit on Nov. 23. ... Dallas' lone loss in the last month was at Denver on Feb. 10.

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