The calendar may say it's the end of January, but for the first three quarters, this looked every bit like a preseason game, right down to the lack of star power and missing sense of urgency for both teams. Things picked up, thankfully, in the 4th quarter, but as usual, the Phoenix Suns' lack of poise cost them against the veteran Dallas Mavericks down the stretch, losing 91-78 and extending their road losing streak to 14 games — tied for second worst in team history.
With the Mavericks resting Dirk Nowitzki, the Suns were slow to make Dallas pay, trailing 51-45 at halftime as Deron Williams scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the 1st half. However, a poor shooting 3rd quarter by the Mavericks allowed Phoenix back in. The 4th quarter was Phoenix's turn to struggle on offense, though, as they mustered just 9 points in the period while Dallas pulled away late.
For the game, the Suns shot 36.5 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from behind the 3-point line while committing 20 turnovers, failing to capitalize on Dallas' 39.7-percent shooting. Devin Booker had 19 points to lead the Suns' offense, and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 7th double-double.
Besides Williams, Dallas was led by Chandler Parsons' 15 points and Zaza Pachulia's 9 points and 15 rebounds.