Sunday , Mar , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns streak to 10th straight win; snap Dallas’ home surge

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Boris Diaw recorded a triple-double with 24
points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Phoenix Suns won their 10th
consecutive game by rallying from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Dallas
Mavericks, 115-107, at American Airlines Center.

“Boris Diaw stepped up,” said Suns coach Mike D’Antoni.”He had, I think, two
rebounds going into the fourth quarter and he ended up with ten. And they
missed some shots in there, too; in the first half they were all going in and
in the second half they missed.”

Four Suns scored at least 20 points, including Steve Nash with 25 points and
11 assists, Shawn Marion ended with 22 points and 10 boards and Leandro
Barbosa scored 20 for the Suns, who have the longest active winning streak in
the NBA.

Dirk Nowitzki tallied 25 points and pulled down nine boards, while Marquis
Daniels added 22 points and Jason Terry chipped in 21 for the Mavericks, who
had their franchise-record home victory streak snapped at 16 games.

“This was a tough game and a tough team to play against,” said Dallas head
coach Avery Johnson. “They play like any other team in the league. We competed
for the most part, but they put us in a bind. Diaw was a tough match-up for
our centers.”

Despite not having forwards Josh Howard (strained left hamstring) and Keith
Van Horn (sprained left knee) and guard Devin Harris (thigh injury), the
Mavericks held an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, 89-81.

The Suns though overtook the Mavericks with a 9-0 spurt started by a Diaw
layup. Phoenix went ahead 97-95 following the run.

Dallas briefly went back in front, 100-97, but was outscored 18-7 over the
final 5:06 of the game. Diaw hit back-to-back field goals and Nash buried a
three to cap the 10-0 run and put the Suns in control of the game at 107-100.

Terry pulled the Mavs to within 109-107 with just over a minute to play, but
Marion responded with a layup on the ensuing possession as the Suns scored the
final six points of the game.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the opening four minutes of the
game as Nowitzki and Adrian Griffin both scored four points during the run as
Dallas held a 31-24 advantage through one quarter.

The Suns came out firing in the second quarter as Barbosa hit a pair of
jumpers and Marion scored five straight points as the Suns opened the quarter
on a 9-2 run to tie things up at 33-33.

Dallas, however closed the quarter on a 16-6 run as Terry and Jerry Stackhouse
hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the half and give the Mavericks a
62-51 halftime lead.

Game Notes

Griffin scored a season-high 14 points for Dallas…Dallas won the previous
two meetings between the teams…Both teams shot the ball well as the Suns
connected on 54.2 percent of their shots and Dallas hit on 52.3 percent of its
attempts…Dallas dominated inside by outscoring the Suns 68-48 in the paint.