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Newsroom Notes: Suns Come Up Short vs. Mavs

Morris recorded a career-high 17 boards Thursday.
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Posted: December 6, 2012

The Suns rallied in the fourth period, but came up a hair short in a 97-94 home defeat at the hands of the Mavs on Thursday. Check out some notable tidbits uncovered in the locker room before and after the game.

Just Short
Although the Suns may have gone 1-5 on their just-completed road trip, they were not that far from going 5-1. Not including its lopsided loss in Detroit, Phoenix was outscored in the other five games by a total of just 11 points. Of the five losses, two were by four points or less and one was in overtime.

This pattern wasn’t just a trend that appeared on the road trip. The Suns have trailed by double digits in 15-of-19 games this season, but only the Pacers (six games) have had more had games decided by three points or less this season than the Suns (five).

Block Party
Suns backup center Jermaine O'Neal has had multiple blocks in seven consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Suns reserve since Oliver Miller swatted multiple shots in eight-straight games during the 1992-93 season. In fact, it is the longest streak of O’Neal’s career since the 2007-08 season.

Satisfaction Guaranteed Night
On Thursday night, the Suns offered “Good times guaranteed, or your money back” to anyone who purchased a ticket for the team’s matchup with the Mavs.

Whether the Suns won or lost, the organization guaranteed that fans would enjoy their experience at US Airways Center. Those who weren’t completely satisfied could redeem their ticket stub for a rebate equal to the purchase price of their December 6 ticket.

“I know we are going to play hard and I know we’re going to compete like crazy, but we would do that on any night,” Gentry said before the game. “We’re a team that plays hard and we’re a team that’s very competitive. That, right there, should be satisfaction for the fans and I think they’ll appreciate these guys for the effort that they play with.”

Possible Lineup Change
After a 1-5 road trip, Gentry was thinking about tinkering with the rotation once again. The first major move of the season was taking power forward Luis Scola and shooting guard Jared Dudley out of the starting lineup and replacing them with power forward Markieff Morris and shooting guard Shannon Brown.

“We’re at a point now where we have to find something that’s going to work and work consistently," Gentry said before Thursday's game.

After Thursday's game, Gentry said that it was “more than likely” that starting small forward Michael Beasley will move to a reserve role in the next game. The Suns may turn to swingman Jared Dudley, who just recorded his fourth-straight game in double figures, as their new starting small forward.

Dudley has also found the hot hand from downtown, drilling 9-of-11 from downtown in his last four games.

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