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NBA: Phoenix 96, Dallas 94

March 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM

PHOENIX, March 9 (UPI) -- Hakim Warrick scored the last Phoenix point with 2:46 to play Thursday and the Suns survived a Dallas comeback bid to down the Mavericks 96-94.

Warrick's free throw gave the Suns a 96-87 lead but the Mavericks scored seven in a row and closed within two on a layup by Dirk Nowitzki with 25 seconds remaining.

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Grant Hill went to the foul line for Phoenix with 15 seconds left but missed both tries. Roddy Beaubois had two shots at tying the game in the final 4 seconds but missed them both.

The Mavericks lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Dallas had a 12-point lead with 4:43 to play in the third period but Phoenix closed the quarter on an 18-4 run.

Jared Dudley scored 18 points to lead Phoenix and Marcin Gortat had 16. Nowitzki and Vince Carter both had 18 for Dallas.

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