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DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion reached milestones as the Dallas Mavericks cruised by the Phoenix Suns 110-95 Sunday night at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks improved to 19-25 before embarking on a four-game road trip with their sixth win in their last eight games. The Suns (15-30) have dropped two straight, both coming in Texas. Phoenix lost at San Antonio the previous nights.

Nowitzki scored 18 points to move past Allen Iverson into 18th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Nowitzki, a former MVP who's in his 15th season, has 24,375 career points.

Marion took part in his 1,000 career NBA game against the franchise he broke into the league with. The 14-year veteran scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards. Three Dallas reserves also scored in double figures -- Vince Carter (15), Elton Brand (12) and Dahntay Jones (11).

Dallas seized control early and, other than a couple of lapses, held the Suns in check. Phoenix missed 13 of 17 3-point attempts, and committed 18 turnovers leading to 23 points by the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic was one of the Suns' few bright spots with 18 points and eight assists. Luis Scola scored 14 points, but had only four rebounds. Marcin Gortat had only eight points and eight rebounds.

The Suns rallied in the third quarter, closing within six points (66-60) midway through the period behind a burst from Dragic. Dallas responded with a 6-0 run and held a double-digit lead for most of the rest of the quarter.

Both teams started fast, as baskets were traded with little resistance rekindling memories of the high-scoring battles these former rivals waged not that long ago. Dallas pulled away late in the first quarter behind a flurry from Brand to take a 29-21 edge

The Mavs' surge continued into the second quarter as they opened up a 38-21 lead with a 9-0 burst. Dallas cruised into halftime up 57-42 behind 49-percent shooting. Marion had 12 points at the break, with Nowitzki chipping in nine. Dragic had nine points and six assists for the Suns, who shot just 38 percent.

NOTES: Marion became the 107th player in NBA history to play in 1,000 games. "I just take care of myself, take care of my body and always try to get better," Marion said. He played 660 games with Phoenix. ... Brand played in his 900th career game. ... Mavs rookie center Bernard James made his first career start. Dallas has used 17 starting lineups, tops in the league. ... The Suns have lost 10 in a row in Dallas. Their last road win against the Mavs came March 14, 2007. ... Dallas coach Rick Carlisle has pegged Rodrigue Beaubois as the primary backup point guard behind Darren Collison. ... The Suns were averaging just 18.5 points in the fourth quarter in their last 15 losses entering play Sunday.

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