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Final Score: Suns lose to Mavericks, 113-108 despite 39 points from Booker (29 in the 4th)

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Devin Booker tied his career high with 39 points, but the Suns could not stay with the Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City,.

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns played host to the Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City, but appeared to take on the “host” role a little too seriously.

The hosts gave up too many open shots to the worst team in the West, and the Dallas veterans used a three-day break in their schedule to get their energy back enough to show the young Suns a thing or two.

The Mavericks made almost half their threes and over just shot the ball well all night, and the Suns - 9th in the league in preventing threes - never were able to adjust to stop the Mavericks on their fave shot.

And that was the game.

Devin Booker tried his best to keep the Suns in the game (39 points on 20 shots!, including 29 in the 4th quarter alone), but the Mavericks made 15 threes on the way to a big win.

Mavericks win 113-108.

This Suns team is now 1-7 in games with 2+ nights rest, giving up a godawful 120 points per game and losing by 13 points. On all other games, the Suns give up only 110 points and lose by only 3.5 points on average.

First half

The Dallas Mavericks jumped out to a 27-19 on torrid shooting by their starting unit. Deron Williams, Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes made their first 11 shots of the game.

But then the Mavericks second unit made up the difference by missing their first 11 shots.

For the Suns, Marquese Chriss scored 11 points in the opening quarter on 3-3 shooting on threes and 2-2 on free throws.

By the end of one, the Suns had pulled to 32-29 and then took the lead early in the 2nd before the Dallas starters came back in to make a bunch of shots again.

Apparently, defense was optional on this night.

Deron Williams loves to play against the Suns, no matter who employs him.

The Mavericks made a lot of outside shots, which is a requirement for staying competitive when you don’t have a lick of inside scoring at all.

Tyson Chandler had a double-double by halftime going against the much smaller Mavericks, and Marquese Chriss had 13 points (11 of them in the first three minutes). He sat a while after picking up his 2nd foul. Eric Bledsoe did a little of everything in the first half.

Suns up 59-57 at halftime in Mexico City.

Second Half

The Suns came out completely cold from halftime, while the Mavericks began the half on an 8-0 run which ballooned to an 18-4 run, all on open shots.

The Mavericks made SIX threes to start the third quarter. SIX. Giving them 10 on the night, just five minutes into the third quarter. This is a team that averages only 10 threes per game.

Deron Williams had 23 points and 9 assists - both close to season highs - early in the third quarter as well.

I don’t need to say this, but the Mavericks suddenly had a commanding lead at 76-63.

The Suns just could not get their footing.

They opened the fourth quarter even worse than the 3rd, the only difference being that Dallas didn’t kill them with threes. The Suns committed dumb fouls and turnovers, and basically just didn’t look ready to play.

Ten turnovers in just over a quarter of second half play won’t get er done.