Mavericks Rebound To Win Game 2

Defense, defense, defense.  Thta's what Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson stressed for his team tonight in game 2 of their Western Conference Finals series against Phoenix.  It worked, because Dallas was able to even the series at one game apiece with the 105-98 win.

Game two was a story of streaks.  The Suns went on a 13-4 run to open up an 8-point first quarter lead.

The Mavericks answered in the second, outscoring the Suns 18-2 to take an 8-point lea of their own.

It was shortlived, though.  Phoenix finished the first half with a 12-2 to lead by five.

The second half wasn't as much of a run as it was the Mavericks slowing the pace, chipping away at the Suns lead.  Jerry Stackhouse hit a clutch three-pointer in the opening minutes of the 4th quarter to give the Mavericks a 78-77 lead.  Jason Terry hit a couple of free throws with 8:45 left to give the Mavericks the lead for good.

Dirk Nowitzki finished with a game-high 30 points.  He also had 14 rebounds and 6 assists.  Josh Howard had 29 points, including 3 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Boris Diaw led the Suns with 25 points.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Phoenix.

Kevin Berns reporting.