NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Dallas|
(Saturday, April 12th)
Final Score: Dallas 101, Phoenix 98
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks are back in the
postseason following a brief one-year absence.
Monta Ellis had 37 points, Dirk Nowitzki netted 21 of his 23 in the second
half and the Mavs topped the Phoenix Suns, 101-98, on Saturday night.
"We set a goal for the beginning of the season, we had our ups and we had our
downs, but tonight we came together as a team, everyone really wanted to get
this win," Ellis said.
Dallas trailed by as many as 13 early in the second half, but Nowitzki's left-
handed layup off a feed from Ellis with 6:42 to go staked it to its first
lead, 88-87, since it was 35-34 with 7:28 remaining in the second.
The Mavs built their advantage to 99-91 with 2:25 remaining, but Eric Bledsoe
drove in for a layup, Markieff Morris sunk a pair of foul shots and Bledsoe's
three-point play whittled the deficit to 99-98 with 52.7 ticks on the clock.
Vince Carter missed badly on a left wing 3-pointer, but Gerald Green was off
the mark on a short jumper in transition at the other end. Ellis split a pair
of free throws with 20.9 seconds showing to make it 100-98 and Brandan Wright
blocked away Bledsoe's driving layup on Phoenix's next trip down the floor.
Ellis, though, again split a pair, but Morris was way off the mark on a
potentially tying triple in the waning seconds.
Wright finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the
Mavericks, who have won five of their last six games.
Bledsoe tallied 29 points, six assists and four steals, while Channing Frye
poured in 21 points for Phoenix, which is one-half game behind the Memphis
Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
The Suns host Memphis on Monday.
"We are still going to fight until the end. We have two games left and
hopefully we can win the next game against Memphis and if so, anything is
possible," said Suns guard Goran Dragic.
Earlier, Frye nailed four quick triples as the Suns raced out to a 16-8 start,
but Shane Larkin knocked down a trey to cap a 9-2 Dallas flurry to end the
opening frame and give Dallas a 27-26 edge.
It was 40-40 with 4:27 left in the second before Phoenix ripped off eight
straight to take a 48-40 advantage.
The Suns led 57-46 at the break.
The Mavs knocked down five 3-pointers during a 17-5 surge during the latter
stages of the third. Ellis hit his third three-ball during the burst to
conclude it and pull Dallas within 74-73.
Phoenix took a 78-75 advantage into the fourth.
Devin Harris concluded an 18-4 swing when he swished in a 3-pointer for a
97-89 Dallas spread with 3:30 to go.
The Mavericks shot 49.4 percent (39-of-79) from the floor and 45.8 percent
(11-of-24) from beyond the arc ... Phoenix tallied 24 points off 19 Dallas
04/13 00:32:56 ET