THE Dallas Mavericks used a strong second half start and overcame Devin Booker’s late-game explosion to beat the Phoenix Suns, 113-108, at the Mexico City Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Deron Williams sparked a 17-6 start in the third for Dallas to take a 76-63 lead after trailing 59-57 at the half. The Mavs outscored the Suns, 31-17, in the period to carry an 8-point advantage into the fourth.
Devin Booker went on a tear late, scoring 14 straight points for the Suns to cut the lead down to six, but timely threes from Dirk Nowitzki and Seth Curry put Mavs up by 10, 111-101, with 45 ticks left.
Back-to-back triples from Booker got Phoenix within four, 111-107, with 13 seconds remaining, but ran out of time as Dallas held on with two free throws from Dorian Finney-Smith and a Harrison Barnes block on a PJ Tucker drive.
Dallas snapped a three-game losing slide and moved to 12-27, into a tie for the worst record in the West with their victim. Six players scored in double figures, including all starters, led by Williams who had 23 points and 12 assists. Barnes added 22 markers, while Nowitzki and Wes Matthews had 18 apiece. Seth Curry and Dwight Powell finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Booker led all scorers with 39 points, and Tyson Chandler had a big double-double with 12 markers and 19 rebounds for the Suns who have lost two in a row. Marquese Chriss and Eric Bledsoe added 13 and 11 points, respectively.