(Sports Network) - When the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns used to hook up,
it was required viewing.
Now, when the two meet, like they will on Friday night in Phoenix, it will be
two lower-tiered Western Conference teams trying to salvage anything this
The Mavericks lost their second in a row Thursday night in Oakland to the
Golden State Warriors. Andrew Bogut blocked a Brandan Wright shot late and
Jarrett Jack canned a pair of big free throws to give the Warriors a 100-97
Dallas played without Dirk Nowitzki due to a right adductor strain and was led
by O.J. Mayo's 25 points. Vince Carter netted 22 points, while Shawn Marion
chipped in 18 points and 17 boards in the Mavs' second consecutive loss.
Center Chris Kaman also missed the Warriors game with concussion-related
The Mavericks fell in Portland to the Blazers on Monday and that game came
down to the wire. Mayo was called for an offensive foul at the end of the
Portland game, which the NBA admitted was an incorrect call. Head coach Rick
Carlisle thought there should have been a whistle on Bogut's block and was
none too happy after the Warriors game.
"Brandan Wright got hit on the arm and it's obvious," said Carlisle. "And it's
two nights in a row. It's very tough to take with as hard as our guys are
fighting to not be on the free throw line with a chance to go ahead with six
seconds left or whatever it is."
The Suns ended a two-game losing streak Wednesday with a home victory over
Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers. It was Nash's first appearance in
Phoenix since he was traded to the Suns' Pacific Division rival in the
The Suns overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit thanks in large part to
Michael Beasley. He scored 27 points, including what turned out to be the
game-winner with 43.8 seconds remaining, to ice the 92-86 win.
"We just told each other we do not want to lose, especially in front of a
crowd like that and on national TV," said Beasley. "It just was not an option
for us. We went out there and executed where we needed to execute."
Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic each scored in double
figures. Nash, who received a standing ovation Wednesday night, only had 11
The Mavericks have won 16 of their last 20 against the Suns. Dallas topped the
Suns twice this season, once in Dallas and once in Phoenix, and has won five
of the last seven in Arizona.
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