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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.

In addition to the contributions from Williams, the Mavs also benefited from a big night out of Harrison Barnes. With 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, Barnes did an admirable job helping guide his club to a much needed road victory.

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
DetailsPhoenixDallas
Game No.3939
Score108113
Average106.096.0
Record12-2712-27
 
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Game MVPs

Deron
Williams

48.0 FP
1.5 FPPM
Harrison
Barnes

45.5 FP
1.26 FPPM
Tyson
Chandler

44.5 FP
1.2 FPPM

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