Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Mavericks111Final
2OT
Suns108
Game 2: Wednesday, December 14th
Suns96Final
Mavericks102
Game 3: Sunday, March 5th
Suns115Final
Mavericks107
Game 4: Thursday, April 13th
Mavericks104Final
Suns117

Mavericks 111

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Suns 108

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:30 PM ET, November 1, 2005

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
DAL 24 19 20 27 11 10111
PHX 25 28 21 16 11 7108

Top Performers

Dal: D. Nowitzki 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

PHX: S. Nash 30 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

Mavs come from 17 down to beat Suns in double-overtime

PHOENIX (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-108 in double-overtime.

The late-starting season-opener Tuesday night ended just after midnight, local time.

Nowitzki sank a pair of long jumpers and Keith Van Horn made a 3-pointer in the second overtime. After Van Horn made one of two free throws with 23.7 seconds to play, Steve Nash missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Jason Terry added 23 points for Dallas, including the game-tying layup at the end of the first overtime. Josh Howard added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Van Horn scored 15 and Marquis Daniels 13.

Nash scored 30, the same he averaged against his former Dallas team in last season's Western Conference semifinals. He added nine assists and eight rebounds, but had six turnovers.

Raja Bell had 18 points in his first game for the Suns. Shawn Marion had 13 points and 16 rebounds, but was just 4-for-12 shooting overall. James Jones, another Phoenix newcomer, scored 13, including 3-of-6 3-pointers.

Dallas trailed 83-66 with 7½ minutes to play in regulation and 101-96 with 36 seconds left in the first overtime.

Phoenix was up 83-66 after a 9-0 run capped by Marion's dunk with 7:44 to play in regulation.

Nowitzki sank three 3-pointers in a row in a 21-3 outburst that forced overtime, then Marquis Daniels sank a 3-pointer with 29 seconds to go in the first overtime, setting up Jason Terry's layup at the buzzer that tied it at 101-101 to force the second OT.

But Van Horn made two free throws and a 3-pointer and the Suns turned cold from outside and sloppy with the ball.

Nowitzki's third 3-pointer of the run cut the lead to 86-85 with 1:44 to play, then Terry's layup put Dallas ahead 87-86 with 1:21 to go. Marion scored inside and was fouled but missed the free throw to give Phoenix an 88-87 lead with a minute remaining in regulation.

Terry followed with another layup to give Dallas a 89-88 lead. Nash missed a fadeaway, then Terry sank one of two free throws to put Dallas up 90-88 with 15.3 seconds to go.

Nash was fouled by Howard on a drive, and made both free throws to tie it at 90-90 with 4.4 seconds left in regulation. Nowitzki missed a tough jumper over Marion at the buzzer to force overtime.

It was a rematch of the teams that staged the high-scoring Western Conference semifinal series last season. But the Suns had just two starters, and four players overall, back from the team that won an NBA-best 62 regular-season games and lost to San Antonio in the conference finals.

A fifth returnee, all-star Amare Stoudemire, is out for at least four months while recovering from knee surgery.

Game notes


Dallas C Pavel Podkolzin underwent surgery Tuesday to repair damage to his right foot and ankle. He is expected to be sidelined three to four months. ... Stoudemire, out for at least four months, did not attend the game. .... The Suns were 6-of-17 on 3s; Dallas 7-of-15, 5-for-8 after the third quarter. ... The crowd of 17,961 was 461 shy of a sellout.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
PHX
Points 111 108
FGM-FGA 42-94 (.447) 42-96 (.438)
3PM-3PA 8-18 (.444) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 19-28 (.679) 17-23 (.739)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-55 10-51
Assists 16 27
Turnovers 22 20
Steals 9 9
Blocks 6 4
Fast Break Points 14 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 17

Top Performers

Dallas
Phoenix
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 28
Reb: 15
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Steve Nash Nash
Points: 30
Reb: 8
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0