Suns close preseason with rally past Mavericks

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe splits Mavericks defenders John Jenkins (left) and Salah Mejri (right) during the second half Wednesday at American Airlines Center. Phoenix won 99-87.

Raymond Carlin III

DALLAS — Jon Leuer scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-87 on Wednesday night.

Dallas (0-6) led 61-45 early in the third, but scored only 26 points over the final 21 minutes.

SUNS: Markieff Morris led Phoenix (4-2) with 18 points.

MAVERICKS: John Jenkins scored 22 points, improving his preseason average to 20.8 per game.

STAR WATCH: Dirk Nowitzki did not play for the fourth time in Dallas’ six preseason games. Suns center Tyson Chandler sat out against his former team.

MIDSEASON FORM: Dallas’ Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points and 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Mavericks will complete their preseason on Friday night against Chicago in Lincoln, Nebraska. Phoenix’s next game will be the regular-season opener Oct. 28 against the Mavericks.

Suns 99, Mavericks 87