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Williams sparkles as Mavericks top Suns in Mexico City

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Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams had 23 points and 12 assists against Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns in Thursday’s NBA game in Mexico City.
Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams had 23 points and 12 assists against Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns in Thursday’s NBA game in Mexico City. AP

Deron Williams had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth NBA regular-season game played in Mexico.

Williams shot 9 for 15 from the field in a matchup of struggling teams. Harrison Barnes added 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 for the Mavericks, who broke a three-game losing streak.

Devin Booker scored 29 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 19 rebounds against his former team.

Dallas and Phoenix are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-27.

The game was the first of two that the Suns will play south of the border. Mexico is hosting two games in one season for the first time in NBA history.

The previous regular-season game in Mexico took place in 2015, when Boston faced Sacramento.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said flow dictates strategy down the stretch of tight games, like last week's loss to Phoenix. Harrison Barnes is among the mix to take big shots in closing moments.

Phoenix took a 59-57 lead at halftime, but Williams hit a couple of 3-pointers and a jumper in a 17-4 run to give the Mavericks a 76-63 lead with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

The Suns got within four after a 3 by Booker with 13 seconds to play in the game, but Dorian Finney-Smith made two free throws to seal it for Dallas.

Seth Curry, in his seventh start of the season, scored nine points in the first quarter for the Mavericks, who took a 27-19 lead. Phoenix rallied and trailed just 32-29 after the first 12 minutes.

In the second quarter, Leandro Barbosa had back-to-back baskets and the Suns took the lead, but Dallas tied it with a shot from Barnes. Marquese Chriss got a layup with 19 seconds to play, sending Phoenix into the break with the lead.

UP NEXT

Suns: Play the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in Mexico City.

Mavericks: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

Guard Seth Curry has come on strong for the Mavs in recent days, and head coach Rick Carlisle said it's the result of hard work.

MAVERICKS 113, SUNS 108

Dallas

32

25

31

25

113

Phoenix

29

30

17

32

108

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Barnes

36:29

10-17

1-2

4

5

2

22

Nowitzki

30:00

7-15

1-1

6

1

2

18

Curry

24:18

4-5

1-1

4

1

1

12

Matthews

38:11

7-14

0-0

0

5

1

18

D.Williams

32:15

9-15

1-3

2

12

4

23

Barea

19:28

1-8

0-0

1

5

1

2

Mejri

16:13

2-2

0-0

7

0

3

4

Harris

15:59

0-3

2-4

1

0

2

2

Powell

15:11

3-7

4-4

5

0

1

10

Finney-Smith

9:51

0-2

2-2

1

0

3

2

Anderson

2:05

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

Totals

240

43-89

12-17

32

29

20

113

Percentages: FG .483, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 15-34, .441 (D.Williams 4-5, Matthews 4-8, Curry 3-4, Nowitzki 3-5, Barnes 1-4, Anderson 0-1, Finney-Smith 0-1, Harris 0-1, Barea 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Mejri 2, Powell 2, Barnes, Curry, Matthews, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 9 (Barea 3, Powell 2, Curry, D.Williams, Matthews, Mejri). Steals: 11 (Curry 3, Barnes 2, Mejri 2, Powell 2, Barea, Matthews). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 3:15 second; team, 3:15 second; Barea, 10:21 fourth.

Phoenix

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Chriss

23:27

4-6

2-2

3

0

3

13

Warren

27:36

4-11

0-0

2

3

5

8

Chandler

37:42

5-8

4-6

19

0

1

14

Bledsoe

28:00

2-4

7-7

6

5

5

11

Booker

37:13

14-20

5-7

1

3

4

39

Tucker

26:04

1-5

0-0

8

1

1

2

Knight

18:32

2-9

1-1

1

1

1

5

Barbosa

17:08

2-5

0-0

2

2

1

4

Len

10:14

3-4

1-2

3

0

0

7

Bender

8:08

1-3

2-2

1

0

1

5

Ulis

5:56

0-3

0-0

1

0

1

0

Totals

240

38-78

22-27

47

15

23

108

Percentages: FG .487, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Booker 6-7, Chriss 3-4, Bender 1-2, Knight 0-1, Tucker 0-2, Warren 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 19 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Bender, Bledsoe, Chandler, Len). Turnovers: 19 (Booker 7, Bledsoe 4, Bender 2, Chandler 2, Chriss, Knight, Len, Tucker). Steals: 2 (Bledsoe, Booker). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 6:52 second; team, 6:52 second; Bledsoe, 10:21 fourth. Att.—19,874 (22,300). T—2:16.

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