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Mavericks burnt by lack of shot creation in loss to Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks attempted to stop the Phoenix Suns' ten-game winning streak on Nov. 19 without superstar Luka Doncic, but they blew a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight game in a 112-104 loss. Doncic missed his second straight game with knee and ankle sprains, and Dallas just did not have enough to pick up the win on Friday night.

The Mavs have been impressive without Luka. For the second straight game, they pushed one of the best teams in the Western Conference as Kristaps Porzingis is playing outstanding basketball right now. Jalen Brunson has filled in admirably as the starting point guard, but Dallas fell just short again in Phoenix.

The Mavericks rely on Luka Doncic to keep their offense rolling, and they missed his presence on Friday night as the Suns stormed back in the fourth quarter. Here is a look at what was the difference in Phoenix before examining how the Mavs can fix the issue.

Dallas Mavericks fall to Suns after second straight 4th quarter comeback

Chris Paul got white-hot in the final period on Nov. 19 to close out the Mavs and give the Suns their 11th straight win. Phoenix is one of the best teams in the league, and CP3 is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, so there is no shame in him going off.

What killed the Dallas Mavericks was their lack of shot creation against the Phoenix Suns. They were up by five with 12 minutes left and scored just 20 points in the final quarter. Here is a closer look at the issue, and how Dallas can fix it.

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