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Dallas got off to an awful start offensively, shooting 20 percent (5 of 25) in the first quarter. The Mavericks were just 33 percent (15 of 46) in the first half. Still, the Suns led only 49-44 at the break, thanks in part to the Suns going 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
The Mavericks never led in the third quarter but finally caught the Suns with a 5-0 spurt capped by Jose Barea's three-point play that made it 63-all with 1:38 to go. The teams exchanged baskets before Aaron Brooks' 15-footer with 4.4 seconds remaining put Phoenix up 67-65 entering the fourth quarter.
Two statistics explained the game better than anything to that point: Dallas had shot 37 percent and Phoenix was 1 of 13 on 3-pointers.
The Mavericks' first lead since it was 6-4 came on Terry's 3-pointer with 10:12 to play that put Dallas ahead 70-69.
NOTES: Nowitzki made two free throws to extend his consecutive makes from the line to 74, the longest streak in the NBA this season. ... Dallas has won four straight over Phoenix, three this season, the Mavs' longest against the Suns since 1988. ... Dallas is 26-10 on the road, best in the NBA. ... The giant scoreboard and screen above the court lost its power with a little over a minute to play.
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