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Mavericks Vs. Suns: Dallas Pulls Away For 98-89 Win

Dirk Nowitzki finished with 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-89.

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Mavericks Vs. Suns Final Score: Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki Lead Dallas Past Phoenix 98-89

The Dallas Mavericks got a three-point barrage from Jason Terry in the second half as they pulled away from the Phoenix Suns for a 98-89 win.

Dallas earns their third win of the season to pull within one game of the .500 mark at 3-4. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for the sixth time in seven games to lead the Mavericks. Nowitzki also had six rebounds and seven assists in the game. Jason Terry came off the bench to hit five three-pointers and finished with 18 points. Lamar Odom added 15 and Shawn Marion 13 for the Mavs.

Phoenix got 22 points and 10 rebounds from center Marcin Gortat in the losing effort. Steve Nash finished with 15 points and 12 assists. Grant Hill added 14 points for the Suns who fall to 2-4 on the season.

Dallas out rebounded the Suns 42-36 in the game and also grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.

For more on the defending NBA champions, check out Mavs Moneyball, while Bright Side of the Sun has you covered for everything Suns related.

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Mavericks Vs. Suns Score: Dirk Nowitzki Leads Dallas To 49-41 Halftime Lead

Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 first half points to help lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 49-41 halftime lead over the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Dirk came out aggressive hitting 4-10 shots from the field while also making 5-6 free throw attempts. Lamar Odom came off the bench to score nine points in the first half while Shawn Marion chipped in seven points. Brendan Haywood had a big first half on the boards grabbing 11.

Marcin Gortat leads the Suns with 10 first half points and six rebounds. Channing Frye and Steve Nash each finished with seven points. Nash also added six assists and three steals in 18 minutes of action.

Dallas has struggled on the boards this season but has done a good job tonight against the Suns with a 33-23 advantage. The Mavericks have pounded the offensive glass picking up 13 in the first half.

For more on the defending NBA champions, check out Mavs Moneyball, while Bright Side of the Sun has you covered for everything Suns related.

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Shawn Marion Status Update: Mavs Forward Misses Shootaround With Illness, Questionable For Game

In what could be a preview of a year-long problem for an extremely old Dallas Mavericks team in a compressed NBA season, starting SF Shawn Marion missed the team's shoot-around Wednesday morning with an illness and is questionable to play against the Phoenix Suns tonight.

Marion played for the Suns for the first eight seasons of his career, making four All-Star teams as the third wheel behind Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, before going through a two-year journey though the NBA's hinterlands that eventually brought him to Dallas.

His defensive versatility has been huge for the Mavericks this season, but Phoenix does not have a lot of fire-power from the forward positions, so letting Marion get healthy might end up being the best move for the Mavericks, as they begin a stretch of three games in four nights.

If he cannot play, he is expected to be replaced in the starting line-up by Lamar Odom.

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Mavericks Vs. Suns: Game Preview, TV Info And More

Dallas will try for their first road win of the season at the home of one of their oldest Western Conference rivals.

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