|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 , January 17, 2014
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Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns
- The Suns have won the last two games in this series after the Mavericks had taken 11 of the previous 12. Goran Dragic had 25 points and Gerald Green chipped in 22 off the bench in the lone meeting so far this season, a 123-108 home victory for Phoenix on December 21.
- The Mavericks gave up a season-high 129 points in their two-point road loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. Dallas is 0-8 on the road this season when they allow 107 or more points, compared to 9-3 when giving up no more than 106.
- Phoenix had a whopping 37 fast-break points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. That tied their own mark for the most fast-break points in a game by any team this season; the Suns also had 37 against Denver on November 8.
- Monta Ellis leads all guards this season with 364 points in the paint. Those account for 45.5 percent of his total points (799).
- Markieff Morris had his seventh game of the season with 20 or more points off the bench when he poured in 24 in Wednesday's win over the Lakers. That is tied for the fifth most 20+ point games off the bench by any Suns' player since 2003-04.
- Gerald Green has 52 points on 21-for-32 (.656) from the field over his last two home games. He had 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting in Phoenix's home game against Dallas back on December 21.
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By NOEY KUPCHAN
(AP) -- After a disappointing road trip, the Phoenix Suns got back on track at home their last time out.
The Dallas Mavericks opened a road-heavy stretch with a heartbreaking defeat.
Looking to continue their home success, the Suns try to win a third straight regular-season matchup with the Mavericks for the first time in nearly 15 years Friday night.
Phoenix (22-16) concluded a 1-4 trek with three straight losses before opening a season-high five-game homestand with Wednesday's 121-114 win over the Lakers. Gerald Green had a season-high 28 points, Markieff Morris scored 24 off the bench and the Suns shot 49.0 percent after hitting 39.5 during the road trip.
"It's great to see guys hitting shots, but it's really great to finally get a win," Green told the team's official website after shooting 12 for 18. "We needed a win desperately."
Channing Frye added 20 points and Goran Dragic had 18 to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds and seven assists. The Suns had a 53-43 advantage on the boards after getting outrebounded on every game of the trip.
They also had a season-high 64 points in the paint to overcome tying a season low with four 3-pointers in 19 attempts. That matched their second-worst percentage (21.1) of the season, but it was also just the second time in two months they attempted fewer than 23.
"We started attacking the rim," said Frye, who has scored at least 20 in four of seven games. "We have great guys that go to the rack and I think sometimes we settle for the jumper, me included. We've got great shooters, but I think, understanding the game, we need to get to the rim. We need to be aggressive, take advantage of mismatches and get out and run."
Phoenix, averaging 108.1 points at home compared to 99.4 on the road, is 19-5 when scoring at least 100 and has won eight of 10 on its own court. One of those victories came against the Mavericks, 123-108 on Dec. 21 behind 22 points from Green.
The Suns, who won at Dallas on April 10 to avoid a season series sweep, hasn't won three consecutive regular-season games versus the Mavericks since taking nine in a row March 2, 1997-April 16, 1999.
While Phoenix had its highest-scoring game of the season last month against Dallas, the Mavericks (23-17) recorded theirs Wednesday but had a three-game win streak snapped with a 129-127 road loss to the Clippers. Dallas led by 17 with just under five minutes to play, then was outscored 23-4 the rest of the way - including 11-0 over the final 2:51.
The start of a stretch in which they play five of six on the road saw the Mavs lose for the fourth time when leading by as many as 17.
"We might be the only team to find a way to lose this one," forward Dirk Nowitzki told the Mavericks' official website. "We've just got to find a way to win it. Get a couple stops here or there, and I've got to make one or two shots. There's no way we should lose this game."
Nowitzki had 27 points, Samuel Dalembert scored a season-high 20 and Monta Ellis had a season-high 13 assists. Former Suns star Shawn Marion scored 14 in his first game back since missing four with a shoulder injury.
"When you score 127 points, it should be a walk-away win," Marion said. "We had it in our hands to win. We couldn't get stops at the end and we couldn't make shots the last two or three minutes."
Updated January 16, 2014