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Final Score: Phoenix Suns Beat Dallas Mavericks, 112-107

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The short-handed Suns played their last preseason game at home tonight against the Mavericks...Here's what happened.

Chriss jumps high!
Chriss jumps high!
Sean Sullivan

The Phoenix Suns are without Tyson Chandler, Devin Booker, John Jenkins, and Alex Len tonight. The Dallas Mavericks are without J.J. Barea and Quincy Acy.

First Quarter

Brandon Knight gets the first bucket for the Suns off an outlet pass from Marquese Chriss.

Suns already up 15-10 after four mins of the first quarter...so much for slow starts.

Suns hit a rough patch, and just like that the Mavs go up 16-15 in the next couple of minutes....

Make that 20-15. Timeout Suns.

Suns starting to pull it back together now...Bledsoe makes a great turnaround jumper and now the Suns are down by two.

Dragan Bender gets fouled on Suns last possession of the first qurter, and makes 1-2.

Suns down 25-24 after one.

Second Quarter

Tyler Ulis hits the first shot of the second quarter as the SUns re-take the lead...for now.

Suns making plays but also turnovers and mistakes...

For a rookie, Chriss certainly isn't passive or intimidated...Has to cut down the fouls, but I love the physicality.

Ulis gets switched onto Dirk and quikly fouls...because, you know, height matters.

Dragan Bender hits a three.

Chriss then gets the steal and goes behind the back on a dribble, setting up Bledsoe for the three. This rookie is something else.

Chriss then hits a three...This kid does it all.

Bender's turn now.

Suns now up 51-44 with 4 minutes remaining in the half.

Suns continuing to push the tempo, and playing aggressive. Bledsoe with a nice drive to the rim and gets fouled to put the Suns up 57-48 now.

Mavs once again catching up on Phoenix. Missed shots again for the Suns, and Dallas capitalizes. Now leading by only two, 57-55. Timeout Phoenix.

Seth Curry shoots a last second three at the buzzer, and makes it. But after review, the shot was late.

Suns hang on and take a 59-57 lead at half.

Deron Williams leads all scorers with 17 points for the Mavs. Jared Dudley with 13 points due in large part to his 3/5 three-point shooting, edges out Marquese Chriss and Eric Bledsoe, each with 12.

Third Quarter

The Suns start the second half with a three by Bledsoe.

Dudley picks up where he left off with another triple as well.

TJ warren with a nice contested two...Suns are rolling. TImeout Dallas as Phoenix goes up 66-57 after the first three minutes.

And again...

Phoenix continuing to push the pace and hustle...they aren't making all of their shots, but they continue to play with intensity.

As I say that, Wesley Matthews drains a three off a second-chance opportunity as Suns are flat-footed instead of going after rebound.

Knight picks up his fourth foul.

Here come the Mavs again...Justin Anderson hits a bucket that cuts Suns lead to 72-68 with five minutes left in the quarter.

Suns playing very well at times, but can't pull away.

Here comes Archie again to save the day?

Nevermind...Chriss does it with another three.

Bender picks up two quick fouls...he now has three.

Suns keeping pace and starting to pull away again.

Fourth Quarter

Tyler Ulis gets into the three-ball action to start the Suns off this quarter.

The Mavs answer right back with a three of their own.

Ulis draws the foul on a drive to the rim...He makes 1-2. He now has all 6 points for the Suns this quarter so far.

Chriss comes back in relieving Alan Williams at center. He's had the most impressive game for the Suns tonight...let's see if he can continue.

Knight checks back in and hits the three...and then hits the and-one!

Ulis continues to prosper as he hits the driving jumper. He now has 12 points.

Suns now pulling away once again...can they finish the Mavs off for good?

Yes, they can. Ulis puts the icing on the cake where he hits both free-throws off the intentional foul, giving himself 14, and the Suns the victory.

Game Over, Suns Win!!!

The Suns were physical, intense, and exciting to watch tonight.

But I think Tom Leander summed up the Suns play best...likely a good synopsis of what's to come, as well.

Last preseason game coming up a week from today against the Lakers on the road...Then the real fun starts!