Suns host Mavericks and hope under-the-weather Nowitzki continues to struggle

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PHOENIX -- The Dallas Mavericks found a way to win their latest game even with an under-the-weather Dirk Nowitzki struggling offensively.

Playing with a temperature of 101 degrees last night, Nowitzki was 3-of-13 for 10 points but Dallas bounced back from a sluggish first half to beat the New York Knicks 99-94.

When they've faced the Phoenix Suns in recent years, getting a big performance out of Nowitzki hasn't been a problem.

Coming off one of his least productive games of the season, Nowitzki will look to continue his personal dominance of the Suns tonight when the Mavericks kick off a three-game road trip.

Nowitzki is the fifth-leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 26 points as the Mavericks have rebounded from a 2-7 start to win 20 of their past 26 games.

The Suns stand 19-13 and can only hope that Nowitzki's shooting struggles extend to the Mavericks' first trip to U.S. Airways Center this season.

Nowitzki had 39 points and nine rebounds as Dallas beat Phoenix 112-97 on Dec. 4.

That performance wasn't the first time Nowitzki had tormented the Suns recently.

He's averaging 35 points and 11 rebounds in his last four meetings with Phoenix, and he's had 30 points or more in seven of the last nine games in the series.

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