PHOENIX -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki always knew rookie point guard Shane Larkin could have a major impact on some basketball games this season. It just took a lot longer than a lot of folks anticipated.
Larkin came off the bench Friday to score a season-high 18 points, distribute five assists and collect a pair of steals in a season-hgih 27 minutes as the Mavs held on and beat the Phoenix Suns, 110-107, at the US Airways Center.
"He was awesome,'' Nowitzki said. "I think this was his kind of game, an up and down game, free flowing.
"The paint was open and he was phenomenal. He made some big shots, he knocked down big free throws and we needed him.''
Larkin was 6-of-8 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point territory and converted 4-of-5 free throws.
"The little guy was phenomenal,'' Nowitzki said. "He competed, he picked up full court, he pushed the pace for us when we needed it, so he was very phenomenal.''
-- Dwain Price
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