Suns rally late for NBA win, Warriors lose
The NBA-leading Phoenix Suns have overcome some abysmal three-point shooting to rally late and beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-101.
Devin Booker scored 28 points while Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists for Phoenix (35-9) who finished a sweep of their season-high, five-game road trip in Dallas on Thursday night.
Luka Doncic scored 28 points, Jalen Brunson added 19 and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks (26-20), who had won four straight games and 10 of their last 11.
"That's a team that's been running through the league here of late," Suns coach Monty Williams said.
"To beat them on their home floor like that is huge."
But the Suns made hard work of it. They won despite shooting a season-worst 22.2 per cent on three-pointers (8 for 36), including missing 17 straight in the first half.
Aussie Josh Green had a quiet night for the hosts contributing just two points, one rebound and one assist.
In San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors dropped three-and-a-half games adrift of the Suns after a shock defeat to the Indiana Pacers after overtime.
The Warriors are 32-13 and second in the Western Conference standings after the undermanned Pacers recorded a 121-117 road victory.
Keifer Sykes hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:41 left in OT, and a layup the next possession, and Chris Duarte led Indiana (17-29) with 27 points in the absence of regular starters Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert and Myles Turner.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 39 points but none in overtime.
Curry wound up 12 of 27 with six three-pointers but the Warriors shot just 9 for 42 from deep.
"I don't think we earned the right to make a lot more than that. It just felt like we were scattered out there and in a rush for sure," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Kevon Looney grabbed 15 rebounds for his career-best fourth straight game with double-digit boards to go with 13 points, while Klay Thompson had 12 points.
And a Jonas Valanciunas double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) steered the struggling New Orleans Pelicans to a 102-91 win at Madison Square Garden over the New York Knicks.
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