It's official: The Suns are losers.
With four losses in five games on their final road trip of the season, the Suns lost game No. 42 Sunday in pathetic fashion, a 25-point blowout loss to the Mavericks in Dallas -- where so many epic battles between Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash have been fought since they parted ways as teammates seven years ago.
Nash came to Phoenix to revive a team that had won 29 games on 2003-04, and led them to six winning seasons and three Western Conference finals -- one as recently as last year. But Sunday, Nash was limping on a sore hamstring and his team never gave it even the old college try, falling behind 17-4 in the first 4:30 and never getting within 10 the rest of the way.
Nash shut it down after 25 minutes and when he was asked if it was still special to come back to his old stamping grounds, he couldn't lie. He just isn't good at going through the motions.
"We've been out of it for a while," he said. "I think a part of it is that when you're out of it there's a downfall; you're in there shooting and you're turned off mentally just a touch and you miss shots you normally make, and it's hard.
"It's hard when you're not playing for anything to try and make it count. We haven't done a good job of that, and it's up to us try to finish these last two games on a positive note."
The Suns have to go right back to work Monday against Minnesota before ending the season against San Antonio on Wednesday. After that, the schedule will say what they have resigned themselves to for awhile: The season is over.
MAVERICKS 115, SUNS 90: Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and Shawn Marion added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks kept their chances for the second seed in the Western Conference with a blowout win over the setting Suns.
Marcin Gortat had 15 points and Hakim Warrick and Jared Dudley added 11 each for the Suns, who assured themselves of their first losing season in seven years.
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