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Nowitzki returns but Mavs lose to Suns 99-89

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have just five wins this season, and two have come against the Dallas Mavericks.

The latest was Thursday night, when T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 victory.

The Dallas loss came in the season debut of Dirk Nowitzki, who hadn't played yet while recovering from ankle surgery. When he entered the game late in the first quarter, it marked his 21st season with the Mavericks, most by a player with one team in NBA history.

Phoenix beat the Mavericks for the seventh straight time.

Both Suns wins this season came in Phoenix, the first a 121-100 victory in the season opener. Both games were late tips on national television.

Dallas, which had won three straight and eight of 10 overall, made only 5 of 33 3-pointers.

''Generally I thought our effort was good,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We held them under a hundred. We just had a rough night offensively. We turned it over too much and their offensive rebounding hurt us. In the NBA today, it doesn't matter what records are or anything else. If you go bad in a couple of key categories, statistical categories, you are going to have trouble winning on the road. `'

Jamal Crawford added 17 points and Josh Jackson 14 for the Suns. Trevor Ariza had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

''We were communicating. We were together,'' the Suns' Richaun Holmes said. ''We all had the mindset to win.''

Warren had 11 points in the first quarter and finished the game 11 of 17, including 3 of 4 on 3s. He credited coach Igor Kokoskov.

''Igor, he had a lot of good sets for me tonight,'' Warren said, ''and my teammates did a good job finding me in my spots in transition. Just me being myself out there.''

Harrison Barnes scored 15 but on only 6-of-15 shooting for the Mavericks. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Dallas never led after the first quarter. Phoenix was up by 10 at halftime and as many as 15 in the third quarter.

The Mavericks tied it twice early in the second period before a 9-2 spurt put Phoenix up 36-28 on Jackson's fast-break dunk. Another dunk on the break, this one by Warren, gave the Suns their biggest lead of the half at 47-36 with 1:14 left. Dallas scored the next four points before Mikal Bridges banked in a 3-pointer from 35 feet at the buzzer to put the Suns up 50-40 at the break.

The Mavericks cut it to 56-53 early in the third but Phoenix got two 3-pointers from Ariza and one from Jackson in a 12-4 run to lead 68-57 on Crawford's driving layup. The Suns twice stretched the lead to 15 late in the quarter, the last time 78-63 after Warren's driving reverse layup with 53 seconds left. Phoenix led 78-67 entering the fourth.

Barnes' basket cut the lead to 90-83 with 3:43 remaining but the Suns scrambled for a loose ball and Jackson sank a 3-pointer to make it 93-83. Barnes lost the ball to Ariza for a turnover, Crawford made a 19-footer and the Suns coasted from there.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Backup point guard J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained left ankle. ... Dallas was 2 of 19 on 3-pointers in the first half. Barnes was 0 for 6. ... Mavs were playing for the second consecutive night, beating Atlanta 114-107 in Dallas on Wednesday.

Suns: Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall draft pick, was just 3-of-13 shooting for seven points with five rebounds and four turnovers, compared with Dallas' Luka Doncic, the No. 3 pick, who had 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers. ... It was the first Phoenix win this season without Devin Booker, who missed his sixth straight game (hamstring). ... The 89 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns in a game this season.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Sacramento on Sunday.

Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday.

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Key Players
L. Doncic
77 SF
D. Ayton
22 C
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
15.8 Pts. Per Game 15.8
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
10.2 Reb. Per Game 10.2
42.8 Field Goal % 58.4
42.2 Three Point % 59.8
78.2 Free Throw % 75.0
+ 3 Harrison Barnes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 0:11
+ 2 Jamal Crawford made jump shot 0:28
+ 2 DeAndre Jordan made alley-oop shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 0:48
  Out of bounds turnover on Luka Doncic 1:15
+ 2 Richaun Holmes made jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 1:25
  Defensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 1:43
  Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:47
  Lost ball turnover on Jamal Crawford, stolen by Dennis Smith Jr. 1:51
+ 1 Wesley Matthews made 2nd of 2 free throws 2:07
  DAL team rebound 2:07
  Wesley Matthews missed 1st of 2 free throws 2:07
Team Stats
Points 89 99
Field Goals 31-78 (39.7%) 37-92 (40.2%)
3-Pointers 5-33 (15.2%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 22-33 (66.7%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 71 45
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 39 28
Team 18 5
Assists 14 20
Steals 7 15
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 23 13
Fouls 20 27
Technicals 1 1
13 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
30 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 15-12 2119272289
home team logo Suns 5-24 2525282199
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 15-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 5-24 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
H. Barnes SF PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Warren SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
H. Barnes SF 15 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
T. Warren SF 30 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
39.7 FG% 40.2
15.2 3PT FG% 37.0
66.7 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Barnes 15 4 1 6/15 2/9 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 0 4 -12 19
D. Jordan 14 15 1 5/5 0/0 4/7 0 32 0 0 5 5 10 -13 26
L. Doncic 13 5 6 6/12 1/5 0/2 0 31 2 0 4 0 5 -8 28
W. Matthews 11 3 1 4/11 1/5 2/4 3 30 0 0 0 1 2 -6 16
D. Smith Jr. 4 8 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 2 27 3 0 5 1 7 -2 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Barnes 15 4 1 6/15 2/9 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 0 4 -12 19
D. Jordan 14 15 1 5/5 0/0 4/7 0 32 0 0 5 5 10 -13 26
L. Doncic 13 5 6 6/12 1/5 0/2 0 31 2 0 4 0 5 -8 28
W. Matthews 11 3 1 4/11 1/5 2/4 3 30 0 0 0 1 2 -6 16
D. Smith Jr. 4 8 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 2 27 3 0 5 1 7 -2 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brunson 13 1 1 4/10 1/3 4/6 3 20 0 0 0 0 1 -8 16
D. Powell 6 8 1 1/4 0/3 4/4 3 15 0 1 3 4 4 +3 14
D. Harris 6 1 2 2/6 0/3 2/2 3 16 1 0 3 0 1 -2 9
M. Kleber 4 2 0 0/2 0/2 4/4 2 9 1 0 1 1 1 +3 6
D. Nowitzki 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 -1 3
D. Finney-Smith 1 5 0 0/5 0/1 1/2 2 17 0 3 0 2 3 -4 9
J. Barea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mejri - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Broekhoff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 53 14 31/78 5/33 22/33 20 234 7 4 23 14 39 -50 158
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 30 3 3 11/17 3/4 5/6 5 35 0 0 2 1 2 +7 37
T. Ariza 13 8 5 4/7 3/6 2/2 1 37 4 0 0 0 8 +7 35
M. Bridges 7 4 0 3/8 1/3 0/0 0 22 1 0 0 1 3 -3 12
D. Ayton 7 5 1 3/13 0/0 1/2 4 26 2 1 4 1 4 -6 13
D. Melton 0 1 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 21 3 2 3 0 1 -3 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 30 3 3 11/17 3/4 5/6 5 35 0 0 2 1 2 +7 37
T. Ariza 13 8 5 4/7 3/6 2/2 1 37 4 0 0 0 8 +7 35
M. Bridges 7 4 0 3/8 1/3 0/0 0 22 1 0 0 1 3 -3 12
D. Ayton 7 5 1 3/13 0/0 1/2 4 26 2 1 4 1 4 -6 13
D. Melton 0 1 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 21 3 2 3 0 1 -3 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crawford 17 2 5 6/14 0/3 5/5 3 26 1 1 2 1 1 +13 29
J. Jackson 14 8 3 5/18 3/6 1/2 2 34 1 0 2 5 3 +14 27
R. Holmes 11 7 1 5/7 0/0 1/1 5 21 2 1 0 3 4 +16 23
T. Daniels 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 11 1 0 0 0 1 +8 4
J. Evans 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 -3 1
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 40 20 37/92 10/27 15/18 27 236 15 5 13 12 28 +50 186