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Mavericks fumble another fourth-quarter lead in losing to Suns

Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler slams home two points against his former team, Monday night,.
Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler slams home two points against his former team, Monday night,. Special to the Star-Telegram

Alex Len had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns rally past the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Monday night for their second consecutive comeback victory.

TJ Warren scored 19 points and Isaiah Canaan added 17 as Phoenix (11-21) improved to 2-0 on a three-game road trip despite playing without injured guard Devin Booker.

Dallas (8-23) lost its third straight game and has one win in its last seven.

Harrison Barnes had 26 points and Devin Harris added 14 for Dallas. Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews each scored 13.

Phoenix came from behind and won the game in the fourth quarter.

After the Suns had trailed for the entire second half, Canaan tied it 79-all on a 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining. Len gave Phoenix its first lead since the second quarter on a pair of free throws.

Phoenix led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, 89-81, but didn’t seal the victory until Warren made one of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining and knocked down two more with 5.6 seconds left,

The Suns erased a 15-point deficit Saturday in a 108-106 win against Minnesota.

It was the second consecutive game in which Dallas let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. San Antonio went on a 13-0 run Saturday over the final 4:11, including a game-winning basket by Manu Ginobili for a 98-96 victory.

Tip-ins

Suns: Booker missed his sixth game with a left adductor strain. … Tyson Chandler was the starting center on the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship team.

Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a left hip strain. … Dirk Nowitzki made his 1,828th career 3-pointer, passing Kobe Bryant for 13th in NBA history. Chauncey Billups ranks 12th with 1,830.

Up next

Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Phoenix

25

24

19

29

97

Dallas

22

28

25

16

91

PHOENIX (97)—Warren 7-13 5-8 19, Chriss 1-5 0-0 2, Chandler 2-4 0-0 4, Ulis 3-8 2-2 10, Jackson 3-11 1-2 7, House 1-2 1-1 3, Bender 2-6 0-0 6, Len 5-8 4-4 14, James 1-3 0-0 3, Canaan 6-10 3-4 17, Daniels 4-9 1-1 12. Totals 35-79 17-22 97.

DALLAS (91)—Barnes 11-21 1-1 26, Kleber 3-10 0-0 6, Nowitzki 2-6 0-0 5, Ferrell 4-14 4-4 13, Matthews 5-12 0-0 13, Powell 2-2 0-0 4, Mejri 0-3 0-0 0, Harris 2-9 9-10 14, Barea 3-11 2-2 10, Cleveland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-88 16-17 91.

3-Point Goals—Phoenix 10-25 (Daniels 3-8, Canaan 2-3, Ulis 2-3, Bender 2-4, James 1-1, Jackson 0-1, House 0-1, Warren 0-2, Chriss 0-2), Dallas 11-37 (Barnes 3-6, Matthews 3-8, Barea 2-7, Nowitzki 1-3, Harris 1-5, Ferrell 1-5, Kleber 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Phoenix 49 (Len 14), Dallas 42 (Kleber 8). Assists—Phoenix 17 (Canaan 6), Dallas 21 (Barea 6). Total Fouls—Phoenix 25, Dallas 18. Technicals—Phoenix coach Suns (Defensive three second), Dallas coach Mavericks (Defensive three second). A—19,245 (19,200).

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