The Dallas Mavericks have been playing very well this season as they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Western Conference with an 11-6 record. They had a five-game win streak that recently came to an end on Tuesday as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-99. They will look to start up another winning streak as they battle the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns, on the other hand, will try to avoid a third straight loss. The Arizona ball club just recently lost to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, 140 to 132. Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns have seen each other a grand total of 170 in the past as the Mavericks won 79 games while the Suns ended up coming away with 91 victories.
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 70.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.8 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 80.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Suns shot forty-one percent from the field while the Mavericks shot forty-two percent. Kelly Oubre scored 13 points while burying 3 three-pointers in the second period. He also had five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block while Aron Baynes helped out with eight points on sixty-percent shooting.
Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Dario Saric had seven points, five rebounds, and 2 blocks while Ricky Rubio chalked up six points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. Devin Booker was held to just five points but was able to record a defensive rebound, five assists, and a steal. Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.
On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic got hot for 19 points while recording six rebounds and 7 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with nine points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process. Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless in the 16 minutes that he played while both Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell combined for six points. Delon Wright played 9 minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points while the Mavericks went into halftime with a slim 53-50 lead.
The competitiveness carried on into the second half as the Dallas team shot forty percent from the field while the Suns shot forty-six percent. Doncic continued to impress as he scored 23 more points which included 3 treys. Porzingis was finally able to get on the board but only scored two points.
As for the Phoenix Suns, Rubio and Booker combined for 28 points but it was the visiting team who came away with a 120-113 victory over the Arizona ball club. Luka Doncic finished the game with a career-high-tying 42 points, along with 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal. Kelly Oubre had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to California to take on Anthony Davis (26.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.6 APG, 47.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (16-2) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these teams will play each other this season. The last time that they saw each other was on November 1 when the Lakers defeated the Mavericks, 119-110. LeBron James finished that game with 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists, 4 steals, and one block while Luka Doncic had 31 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, and one block.
The Phoenix Suns will visit North Carolina to fight Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 40.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (7-12) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This will be first of two meetings between these two teams this season.