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Suns Strokes: Suns outscored by 11 in fourth quarter, lose third straight to Dallas

Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, reaches for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Phoenix. The Mavericks won 109-99. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns' 109-99 loss to the Mavericks on February 1.

The Good:

Shannon Brown scored a game-high tying 20 points, his team-high tying eighth 20-point effort of the season.

Meanwhile, Goran Dragic flirted with a triple-double: 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. He tallied eight or more assists for the season-high sixth consecutive game, extending the longest active streak of its kind in the NBA.

The Bad:

Before the game, interim head coach Lindsey Hunter said of Michael Beasley's season-high 27-point, five-steal performance against the Lakers Wednesday, "Hopefully, there's more to come."

It never did, at least not on this night. Beasley misssed 11-of-13 shots and committed three turnovers in 28 minutes.

He Said It:

"I think our intensity was not the same as last game," Dragic said. "We were not engaged on defense, and you know, if you get some stops then you're not pressured on offense. We struggled offensively and they scored a few easy baskets so we don't defend."

Noted:

• The Suns in the fourth quarter allowed 35 points, one shy of an opponent season-high as Dallas shot 12-of-24 (.500)

• Phoenix has forced 99 turnovers in six games under Hunter.

Up Next:

The Suns (16-31) play the first of four straight road games with a visit to the Golden State Warriors (29-17) on Saturday, February 2.

About the Author


School: Syracuse University, '96

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 1, 1999

Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

Least-favorite sports memory: Game 1, 1988 World Series

Favorite all-time athlete(s): Larry Bird, Don Mattingly

Favorite sports movies: Hoosiers, Field of Dreams

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