NBA: Surging Suns finish unbeaten roadswing with win over Mavericks

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Jan 21 2022 12:09 PM

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters


Devin Booker recorded 28 points and six assists and Chris Paul added 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 109-101 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

Jae Crowder tallied 13 points as Phoenix completed an unbeaten five-game road trip and won for the eighth time in its last nine overall games. Mikal Bridges contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals as the Suns beat Dallas for the ninth straight time and 16th in the past 19 meetings.

Luka Doncic registered 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the second time in the past 12 games.

Jalen Brunson scored 19 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 11 points for Dallas.

Phoenix big man Deandre Ayton (ankle) missed his second straight game.

Cameron Payne also scored 12 points for the Suns, who shot 45.3 percent from the field and made 8 of 36 from 3-point range. It marked the 23rd straight game in which Dallas held the opposing team below 50 percent.

The Mavericks connected on 43.5 percent of their shots, including 11 of 37 from behind the arc.

Bridges connected on a short floater to break a tie and give the Suns a 101-99 lead with 2:56 remaining.

Bismack Biyombo split two free throws 31 seconds later and then scored on a dunk with 1:49 remaining to give Phoenix a 104-99 lead. Paul drained a 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left to cap a 20-4 spurt and the Suns closed it out.

A dunk by Porzingis gave Dallas a 57-45 lead early in the second half but the Suns whittled away at their deficit and moved ahead at 69-68 on Booker's basket with 4:55 left in the third quarter.

But the Mavericks later put together a quarter-ending 11-2 surge to take an 82-74 advantage into the final stanza.

Dallas led, 95-87, after Hardaway's 3-pointer with 7:01 remaining before the Suns went on the decisive 20-4 burst. It started with nine straight points as Phoenix took a one-point lead with 4:53 remaining.

Doncic's basket knotted the score at 99 with 3:10 remaining.

Doncic had 19 points as the Mavericks held a 53-45 lead at the break. Booker scored 16 in the half.

The margin was three in the final seconds before Doncic scored on a short jumper with 2.6 seconds left, intercepted Crowder's in-bounds pass and drained a 3-pointer as time expired to account for the eight-point halftime lead.