Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Vince Carter and Darren Collison sank four foul shots apiece in the last 19 seconds as the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the Phoenix Suns’ “Satisfaction Guaranteed Night” with a hard-earned 97-94 victory Thursday at US Airways Center.
The Mavericks were leading, 81-71, with 5:40 left but committed several turnovers that allowed the Suns to tie the game at 87, with 48.5 seconds left.
OJ Mayo sank the go-ahead jumper and Collison made two foul shots to give the Mavericks a 91-87 cushion.
The Suns closed in anew behind Goran Dragic’s layup but Carter answered by making two charities with 13 ticks left on the clock.
Dragic sank two foul shots of his own before Carter made two from the 15-foot line to give the Mavericks a four-point edge.
Shannon Brown made a three-pointer to make it 95-94 but Collison sealed the win with two free throws with three seconds left in the game, giving the Mavericks their ninth win 19 outings.
“We played one of our strongest-willed games. A lot of heart, a lot of guts,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after the victory.
Mayo paced the Mavericks with 23 points, Collison and Brandan Wright added 16 points each and center Chris Kaman had 15 points and seven boards. Veteran Shawn Marion scored 10 points before leaving the game with a groin strain.
The Suns, for their part, may have to start writing refund checks Friday after suffering their fifth straight loss.
Markieff Morris scored 15 points and a career-high 17 boards while Dragic finished with 15 points for the Suns, who dropped to 7-13. Center Marcin Gortat was limited to eight points on 1-for-8 shooting, receiving boos from fans when he missed an easy layup.
“It’s tough. It is always the same story. We came up short,” Dragic said.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry said that he may have to relegate shooting guard Michael Beasley to the bench after another poor performance.
Beasley, who signed a three-year, $18-million deal in the off-season, scored just nine points on 3-for-12 shooting in 21 minutes.
“We have to get more production out of that spot,” Gentry said.