The Dallas Mavericks had a strong shooting performance in this game, finishing 44-83 (53.0%), to edge the Phoenix Suns, 110-107. Dallas (24-17) picked up the win after falling to Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Monta Ellis put up 24 points on 10-20 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Dallas included Dirk Nowitzki with 21 points and 5 rebounds, and Shawn Marion with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Goran Dragic had another big game for Phoenix in the loss, scoring 28 points on 12-20 shooting. He also recorded 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Markieff Morris contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds, Marcus Morris finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker put up 11 points and 9 rebounds.
This drops Phoenix (22-17) to 1-1 versus Dallas on the season.
Coming up next, the Mavericks square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 30-9 on the year. The Suns go up against the Denver Nuggets, currently 20-19 this season. The Mavericks are 1-0 versus Portland this season. The Suns have won their last two meetings with Denver.