NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 31 22 36 31 120
Phoenix 25 25 39 24 113
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CT0:00 , November 29, 2019
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 18,055

Mavericks look to get back on track vs. Suns

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Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns

  1. The Mavericks lost to the Clippers on Tuesday, 114-99, snapping a five-game win streak. It was the first time all season that Dallas failed to reach 100 points in a game.
  2. The Suns have lost five of their last six games, including a 140-132 loss against the Wizards on Wednesday. Phoenix allowed Washington to make 19 three-pointers at a 54.3-percent clip in the loss, both season worsts for the Suns defense.
  3. Luka Doncic is averaging 30.1 points per game in his age-20 season (age on February 1 of season). No player in NBA history has ever averaged 30.0+ points during their age-20 season, and only two players have done so in their age-21 season (LeBron James and Kevin Durant).
  4. Ricky Rubio (7.8) and Devin Booker (6.2) are one of two pairs of teammates each averaging at least 6.0 assists per game this season (min. 70% team games played). The other pair is James Harden (7.8) and Russell Westbrook (6.8) of the Rockets.
  5. Cameron Johnson has made 30 three-pointers this season, the most all-time by a Suns player in his first 15 career NBA games. Among rookies who have taken at least 50 three-pointers this season, Johnson's .411 three-point percentage ranks second behind PJ Washington (.446).
  6. The Suns and the Mavericks split four games last season, with Phoenix winning the first two meetings and Dallas taking the last two. Phoenix is 8-3 against Dallas since the 2016-17 season, its best record against any single opponent over that time.

Two teams that have moved up in the Western Conference pecking order this season hope to rebound from significant setbacks when the Dallas Mavericks oppose the host Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

The Mavericks floundered in their rare shot in the national spotlight Tuesday in a 114-99 home drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak.

One night later, the Suns fell under .500 for the first time this season with a 140-132 home disappointment against the Washington Wizards.

The defeat was Phoenix's second straight and fifth in six games.

The Friday game features a Dallas team that had put up 142, 143 and 137 points in its three contests immediately prior to Tuesday's debacle, and a Phoenix club that has allowed 116 or more in four of its past five games, topped by the Wizards' 140-point effort.

The Suns' defensive skid has coincided with the loss of defensive-minded big man Aron Baynes to a hip injury. The veteran had been filling in for Deandre Ayton, who just recently passed the midpoint of his 25-game suspension.

Suns coach Monty Williams inferred that changes could be in store, especially if Baynes, as expected, has to miss a sixth straight game Friday.

The coach also threw himself under the bus for the defensive issues.

"Our defense, knowing who's hot, getting a hand up on guys who shoot 3-point shots ... That's inexcusable," he said after the Wednesday game. "A lot of it's on me. I have to get the guys and keep the guys in the game who are going to play the right way and bring the type of intensity we need to have in this organization."

Mavericks star Luka Doncic had a similar reaction after the Tuesday loss to the Clippers. Only he didn't verbalize it until a day later.

He was already on the freeway by the time the media was allowed in the Dallas locker room after the game.

"Not feeling great. I was (upset)," he said Wednesday of his early departure. "You just have to get through it. When we lose a game like this and I have a bad game, I feel like I let everybody down and I want to be alone.

"Next day, it's all better."

Doncic had 22 points in the loss, but he missed 10 of his 14 shots, including all eight of his 3-point attempts. His seven turnovers more than offset six assists.

The Mavericks and Suns will be meeting for the first time this season. They split their four-game series last year, with the home team winning every game by double figures.

Doncic and the Suns' young star, Devin Booker, will be going head-to-head for just the second time. They faced off in the teams' first meeting last season, with Booker getting the better of Doncic 35-10 in scoring in Phoenix's 121-100 home win. That contest was Doncic's NBA debut.

With Booker out of action, Doncic rebounded with 30- and 21-point efforts in Dallas' two home wins later in the season, adding 16 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double in a 120-109 victory on April 9.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2019

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