After winning his first two games as a NBA Head Coach, Lindsey Hunter found out that coaching the Suns is not easy. The Suns lost 110-95 to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night to fall to 15-30 on the season. The Mavericks improved to 19-25 on the year. This was the Suns' second game in a row after losing to the San Antonio Spurs last night.
Shawn Marion, who was playing in his 1,000th career game, led the team in points along with Dirk Nowitzki. The former Phoenix Sun and Nowitzki both scored eighteen points. Marion also led the team in rebounds with 9 and almost had his ninth double-double of the year. It was ironic Marion would play his 1,000 career game with the Suns due to the fact he played his first 660 games with the franchise. Marion made four All-Star games and was always a very popular player in Phoenix. He was traded to the Miami Heat in 2008 in the trade that brought Shaquille O'Neal to the Suns.
The Mavericks used a couple of big runs in the second and fourth quarters to lead them to the victory. Both teams switched baskets up to 16 points to begin the game until the Mavericks went on a 34-15 run to break open the game. The Mavericks scored nine unanswered points twice during that run in the second quarter.
The Suns fought back and kept things close into the fourth quarter. A Kendall Marshall three-pointer to end the third quarter gave the Suns momentum going into the fourth. Shannon Brown's layup cut the Mavericks lead to five, but that was as close as the Suns would get. Nowitzki's three-pointer jump-started the Mavericks offense again, and they went on a 21-7 run to essentially close out the game.
First round pick Kendall Marshall got some extended minutes tonight in place of Sebastian Telfair. Marshall played 15 minutes and scored six points with an assist and no turnovers. Marshall won the Bob Cousy award last season at North Carolina, but he has made very little impact this season with the Suns. He played most of the fourth quarter as Telfair was the only Suns player to not play.
The Suns are off until Wednesday when Steve Nash will make his first appearance at US Airways as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Game time is at 8:30, and it will be broadcasted by ESPN
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