Mavericks 102, Suns 101
Josh Howard looked sharp coming off a 13-game break to
rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle, scoring 18 of his
20 points in the second half and leading the Dallas Mavericks to a
102-101 victory over the reeling Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Howard missed the first five games of the season recovering from
the surgery, then lasted just 2 1/2 games. The Mavs put him through
some grueling workouts to make sure he’s all the way back, and he
sure looked it by scoring 16 points during a stretch late in the
third quarter and early in the fourth when Dallas went from being
tied at 66 to leading 88-79.
Phoenix made three 3-pointers in the final 47.9 seconds to make
things interesting all the way to the buzzer, but the Suns wound up
losing for the fourth time in five games. All those losses are on
the road, and they’ve all come during the first eight days of
December. Phoenix lost only three times over the last week of
October and all of November.
Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and eight rebounds, and Shawn Marion
had 10 points and seven rebounds in his first game against his
longtime team since rejoining the Western Conference. The Mavericks
also ended their first two-game losing streak of the season.