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Phoenix Suns lose crucial tie against Dallas Mavericks

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With the Western Conference heating up and only a few games remaining, three teams are fighting it out for the final two play-off places left on show.

On Saturday the Phoenix Suns put their chances into question after losing to the Dallas Mavericks 101-98 at the American Airlines Centre.

Dallas had Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki to thank for their point scoring, helping the home side collect a vital win. 

However, what really has the Suns fans worried was the fact the Memphis Grizzlies won ton Friday evening against the Philadelphia 76ers 117-95; Marc Gasol scoring 21 points from centre at the FedExForum.

At the moment, Dallas have a better win percentage than both Memphis and Phoenix, however Phoenix need to win their remaining games if they want to finish above the Grizzlies but this may be difficult as they have face-offs against Memphis and the Sacramento Kings.

Dallas meanwhile have one game left against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

But last night it was Dallas' night as they got off to a flyer from the first whistle, winning the first quarter 27-26; Channing Frye recorded 12 points for the visitors, but it wasn't enough as Monta Ellis was on form for the Mavericks.

In the second, the Suns responded well and delivered a great performance, winning the quarter 31-19; Ellis and Vince Carter shared 12 points, while Eric Bledsoe hit 13 points in eight minutes for Jeff Hornacek's men scoring four out of his five field goal attempts.

Going into the second half the Suns had a comfortable lead at 57-46, with Bledsoe and Frye sharing the points, but this issued a response from the home team.

In the third Nowitzki, the German Wunderkid, turned up and so did Monta Ellis to win the quarter 29-21; both players played the entire 12 minutes, the German scoring 14 points while Ellis put 11 on the board for the hosts.

Heading into the final 12 the Suns lead was closed down to three points, but it could have been more if Brandan Wright hadn't pulled off an outstanding block to prevent Goran Dragic to score a two pointer on the buzzer.

Rick Carlisle's men had found some motivation from this piece of passionate play, and went on to win the fourth 26-21; Eric Bledsoe scored eight points for the visitors but Monta Ellis put 12 points on board in 12 minutes for the home team, and helped clinch the win hitting four of his six field goal attempts.

After the game, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said to ESPN that this is where they want to be.

"It felt like the playoffs started early this year. This is where we want to be, on the big stage of the playoffs."

While point guard Eric Bledsoe said that the Suns need to stay motivated and to keep playing how they have been.

"We've got to stay positive. You could tell it was a playoff atmosphere. I thought everybody laid it out on the court."

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