Mavericks down Phoenix; Suns lose NashDec 18, 2010 - 6:07 AM Phoenix Suns at American Airlines Center.
"I like a lot of the things we did," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle. "We are still learning about ourselves, and learning about what it takes to play eye level in this building. We showed some positive signs and there are some things that we still have to get over the hump on."
Caron Butler added 17 and Shawn Marion supplied 15 for Dallas, which has won six straight at home over Phoenix.
Hakim Warrick led the Suns with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Goran Dragic supplied 14 points and a career-high 10 assists, replacing Steve Nash in the game's opening minutes.
Nash left the contest with 7:17 left in the first quarter after suffering a "stinger" to his neck when he collided with the thigh of Dallas' Tyson Chandler while going for a loose ball. He fell to the floor and immediately called for the Suns' medical team and did not return to the game.
"I just bumped my head at a weird angle and had a spinal cord situation," said Nash. "I lost feeling in my arms and legs. There were ten seconds there that were really scary, but it came back, and they just didn't feel like it was worth risking it tonight."
"We'll see how it goes tomorrow, but I'm optimistic about that the amount that it improved already that hopefully I will be able to play Sunday or Monday."
Jason Richardson scored 12 and Channing Frye grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with eight points for the Suns, who began a three-game road trip with their fourth loss in five games.
The Suns held a 25-22 lead after a back-and-forth first quarter. Marion and Terry scored 13 apiece in the second and capitalized on a 36.8 percent shooting effort for Phoenix to take a 54-42 lead into halftime.
The Suns shot a dismal 29.2 percent from the field in the third, and the Mavericks widened the gap to as much as 24 in the final minutes of the quarter en route to a 80-59 advantage entering the final stanza.
The Mavs' lead never dipped below 12 points in the fourth quarter.
The Suns shot 16-of-22 from the free throw line; 20-of-31 for Dallas...Dallas converted on 9-of-10 fastbreak opportunities...Dallas' Brendan Haywood finished with six points and 10 rebounds...Jason Kidd led the Mavericks with eight assists, and Tyson Chandler recorded 12 rebounds and three blocks.
- PHOENIX: 91
Dec 18 12:03 AM
- PHOENIX: 59
End of 3rd
Dec 17 11:27 PM
- PHOENIX: 42
Dec 17 10:43 PM
- PHOENIX: 25
End of 1st
Dec 17 10:10 PM
- PHOENIX: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Dec 17 9:43 PM
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