Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Photo by Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
The Dallas Mavericks clinched a National Basketball Association playoff berth when they beat the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
Dallas survived a late Phoenix rally to win 101-98 at home.
They are in seventh place in the strong Western Conference with a 49-32 record with one regular season game left.
The Memphis Grizzlies (47-32) are eighth, with the Suns (47-33) ninth.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)