Mavericks Vs. Suns: Dirk Nowitzki Lifts Dallas Past Steve Nash, Phoenix

Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points as the Dallas Mavericks continued their hot play with a 112-106 win over the Phoenix Suns. Nowitzki hit 13 of 18 shots including three three-pointers. His counterpart Channing Frye led the Suns with 24 points on 9-15 shooting. Steve Nash, the two-time MVP who is having the best statistical season of his career yet didn't make the All-Star team and is drawing zero popular support on the topic, had 15 points and 14 assists. (For the record, I'm a part of the zero popular support crowd. He's not better than the guards on the team this year. Says something about his MVPs, no?)

Rodrigue Beaubois, the French firebolt in his second game of the season, scored nine points as Dallas' starting two-guard. Many (including myself) have maintained he's a perfect ballast for Dirk; he was incredible in short minutes last season, and has the right combination of speed and aggression to augment the Mavs' traditional halfcourt Dirk-based attack. A few games after the All-Star break ends, it will be interesting to see how well Beaubois plays with the rust shaken off.

The Mavs will be happy to win on the road against a decent team, though you wonder if the margin and Peja Stojakovic's continued mediocrity might convince Dallas to become movers at the NBA trade deadline. All-Star Weekend ought to reveal which way the Mavs are leaning.

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