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[PHOENIX] — The Phoenix Suns played host to the Dallas Mavericks last night and Suns fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 108-113 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Phoenix's record down to 12-27 on the season, while the victory gives Dallas a 12-27 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Suns would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

While there were no historic individual performances to speak of, Deron Williams's 23 points, 2 rebounds, 12 assists, 0 blocks and 0 steals in 32 minutes will serve fantasy owners well. Most importantly, the Mavericks managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Williams keeps producing at this rate and Dallas keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Phoenix didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Harrison Barnes did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Devin Booker made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Suns can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Phoenix wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Suns Stats

Roster P R A B S M
T. Chandler141901037
D. Booker39130137
E. Bledsoe11651128
T. Warren8230027
M. Chriss13300023
P. Tucker2810026
A. Len7301010
L. Barbosa4220017
B. Knight5110018
D. Bender510108
T. Ulis010005

Mavericks Stats

Roster P R A B S M
D. Williams232120032
H. Barnes22451236
D. Nowitzki18611030
W. Matthews18051138
S. Curry12411324
D. Powell10502215
S. Mejri4702216
J. Barea2150119
D. Finney-Smith210009
D. Harris2100015
J. Anderson010002
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