PHOENIX -- For a team that spent the better portion of this week practicing heavily on their defense, the Dallas Mavericks showed very little of it Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns shot 51.2 percent from the field, made 15 of 30 three-pointers, and tallied a season-high 123 points en route to running over the Mavs 123-108 at the US Airways Center. It was the most points the Mavs have allowed in a game this season and left them scratching their collective heads in search of some much-needed answers.
"We couldn't get any stops,' said Dirk Nowitzki, who led Dallas with 21 points and six rebounds. "We tried some zone, tried some switching, but we never got enough stops to really make it a game.
"Even there in the second half -- down seven, down eight -- somebody was open, we messed up a switch, they got an offensive rebound and laid it back in, they got a three in the corner. It was too many opportunities for them, and they're a good team, they've been showing it all year.''
The Mavs are now 15-12 on the year and have dropped four of their last six games. They complete this two-game road trip Monday night in Houston.
-- Dwain Price
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