Without Nowitzki, Mavericks beat Suns 109-99
PHOENIX (AP) — With or without Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks almost always beat the Phoenix Suns.
Friday night was more of the same.
O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures and the Mavericks, despite the absence of Nowitzki, dominated the fourth quarter in a 109-99 victory.
Darren Collison added 19 points and Vince Carter 17 for the Mavericks, minus Nowitzki for the second game in as many nights because of a sore right hip.
Shannon Brown scored 20 and Goran Dragic added 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Suns, 0-3 against Dallas this season and losers of 11 of the last 12 in the series. Two of the Mavericks' wins this season over the Suns came without Nowitzki.
Dallas had to shake off Thursday night's tough loss at Golden State.
"In this league, you have to forget about it and move on to the next game," Collison said. "So we forgot about it just in time and we wanted to make sure we closed this one out, and we did."
After 12 first-half turnovers, Dallas had three in the second half.
"Guys did a much better job," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Our execution was better, our defense was better, our rebounding was better so we were able to finally get a lead and build on it."
Shawn Marion scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas.
The Suns lost at home for the first time in four games since interim coach Lindsey Hunter took over from the fired Alvin Gentry.
"We are still young in this process and you kind of expect things like that to happen," Hunter said of his team's inability to get fourth-quarter stops. "I know what lies ahead of us and I know how hard it is, just trying to get everybody collectively as a group to understand that you have to do it together."
After scoring a season-high 27 points in Wednesday night's win over the Lakers and averaging 18.2 points per game since Hunter took over, the Suns' Michael Beasley was 2-of-13 shooting for four points.
"I shot the ball great tonight," Beasley insisted.
But he didn't make many of them.
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