The Phoenix Suns starting lineup for tonight’s final home game of the season: Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss, and Alex Len.
The Dallas Mavericks starting lineup tonight: Yogi Farrell, Wesley Matthews, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dirk Nowitzki, and Nerlens Noel.
The Mavs get the first score of the game with the And-One by Noel. T.J. is the first on the score board for Phoenix with a two, followed by a three by Booker.
Booker, now with 5 points, moves past Kobe Bryant for the 4th spot in the NBA record books for most points scored before age 21!
Mavs are up early, but TJ Warren making some nice plays on both sides of the court. Just had a nice defensive play on Farrell, then a fast break for a dunk and one!
Suns now on a 15-0 run, as they have taken the lead up 22-14 on the Mavs. Timeout Dallas.
Ulis to Chriss for the oop...and the run is now 17-0.
Dragan Bender makes his appearance as the first sub off of the bench. Mavs finally end the streak with the Suns now up 10, 26-16.
Dallas is now going on a mini-run of their own as they cut the lead to 29-26...timeout Phoenix.
Jared Dudley and Derrick Jones Jr. enter the game now. Booker is now running the point guard position as Ulis subs out.
Suns up 40-29 at the end of the first. T.J. Warren leads all scorers with 15 points and is 5/5 from the field, 3/3 from the line.
Alan Williams checks into the game and immediately scores with his patented runner in the lane.
Ulis gets in on a bit of the three-point action now...Devin Harris matches it for the Mavs on the other end.
Williams draws the and-one...with extra sauce.
Ulis and Bender with a miscommunication on the in-bounds that could be a candidate for Shaqtin’ a Fool...oops.
Mavs are back in it, once again. as they reduce the lead to 49-43. TImeout Suns.
Bender made a nice defensive attempt against the Big German’s patented jumper...but, you know, Dirk scores anyway.
Mavs now pull within one as Suns cling to the lead 55-54. TImeout Suns.
Dallas briefly takes the lead, but Booker answers back with a foot-on-the-line two.
Suns up 68-65 at the end of the first half.
Devin Booker now leads all scorers with 17 points. After a hot first quarter, TJ Warren was scoreless in the second half of the second quarter once the starters subbed back in. He’s still perfect for the game, because he hasn’t attempted a shot since...weird.
TJ Warren finally starts scoring again, and opens it up for the Suns in the third quarter with a layup.
Booker is continuing his hot shooting as well, and now has 21 points with none minutes left in the quarter. Is a 40 point game on the horizon?
Uh-oh. Chriss goes down and gets up gimpy...Currently working with trainers as he limps to the bench during the timeout.
Dragan Bender is having a tough time out there offensively tonight. Looks indecisive and overly passive. Just picked up his second foul on an offensive foul.
TJ Warren, though, remains hot, and is still a perfect 7/7 from the field, now with 19 points.
Ulis is heating up as well...he now has 13 points on 5/10 shooting, along with 8 assists.
Suns starting to run away with it now, up 91-78 with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Hey, this would be a great time to experiment with Williams running the point, and Ulis playing center...don’tcha think?
Suns now up 104-85 at the end of the third quarter...yay?
Elijah Millsap makes his Suns debut, in to start the fourth and final quarter.
He immediately helps the Suns by knocking the rebound out of bounds and allowing the Mavs a second opportunity to score, which they do for a three. Keep it up, Elijah!
Len also helping with a point-blank dunk-and-miss...Great work, Alex!
But seriously, the Suns are playing their youngest of the young at this point, even benching Booker since the start of the third. If they win, they win. You can’t get too upset.
Derrick Jones Jr. just Airplane-Moded in for an absurd put-back dunk!
Suns now up 108-89...Timeout Mavs.
Suns and Mavs going back and forth, but Phoenix well out in front now. Up 114-95 with six minutes to go.
Bender hits a pretty looking three...he’s so much better when he doesn’t hesitate and just takes the shot. He now has 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Mavs are trying to make a bit of a late run, but it’s too little, too late.
Game Over: Suns Win!?!?
This concludes the final home game of the year for the Suns..and I suppose it was nice for the loyal fans and season ticket holders to see one last win at home...especially since it was earned by the young guys. Phoenix will play one final game on the road against Sacramento on Tuesday, which could still impact their standings in the lotto slotting.
One more to go, Suns fans...One more.