DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki matched his season high with 39 points, and new starter J.J. Barea provided quite a spark in the fourth quarter, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns last night.

Nowitzki had 37 points through three quarters, and the Mavs seemed to be comfortably headed to victory when the Suns began to make things interesting. But when they got within 10, Barea - a 5-foot-11 backup point guard-turned-co-starter alongside Jason Kidd - helped Dallas regain control by guiding a 10-0 run. Soon he nailed a three-pointer and punctuated it with a scream drowned out by a roar from fans already on their feet.

Barea had 18 points and four rebounds, and Jason Terry continued his recent roll off the bench with 19 points as the Mavs won for the eighth time in nine games.

Mavericks 112, Suns 97

Phoenix 24 22 28 23 – 97

Dallas 33 31 24 24 – 112

FG   FT   Reb

PHOENIX Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Barnes 32:13   3-7   0-2   2-6   2   5   8

Stoudemire 33:03   11-21   6-6   2-5   2   5   28

O'Neal 25:49   1-6   2-2   1-5   2   2   4

Bell 33:23   2-6   0-0   1-5   2   2   5

Nash 29:45   7-11   3-4   0-1   10   1   20

Hill 20:49   2-8   0-0   1-5   1   1   4

Dragic 10:19   2-6   3-3   1-2   3   2   7

Barbosa 21:23   2-7   0-0   0-0   0   1   4

Diaw 23:35   5-7   1-2   1-4   0   3   11

Lopez 4:17   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0   0

Amundson 4:04   1-2   4-4   1-2   0   1   6

Singletary 1:20   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0   0

Totals 240:00   36-81   19-23   10-35   22   23   97

Percentages:

FG .444, FT .826.

Three-Point Goals:

6-16, .375 (Nash 3-5, Barnes 2-4, Bell 1-3, Dragic 0-1, Hill 0-1, Barbosa 0-2).

Team Rebounds:

4.

Team Turnovers:

14 (15 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

5 (Amundson, Barbosa, Hill, O'Neal, Stoudemire).

Turnovers:

14 (Stoudemire 4, Barbosa 3, Barnes 3, Diaw, Dragic, Hill, Nash).

Steals:

8 (Diaw 2, Bell, Hill, Nash, O'Neal, Singletary, Stoudemire).

Technical Fouls:

Bell, 2:48 first.

FG   FT   Reb

DALLAS Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

George 25:41   2-5   0-0   1-2   0   2   5

Nowitzki 37:46   17-25   3-3   2-9   2   3   39

Dampier 25:20   4-6   1-2   4-14   3   3   9

Barea 30:32   6-14   5-6   0-3   4   1   18

Kidd 33:47   1-4   1-2   0-4   8   3   4

Terry 34:48   7-17   3-4   0-0   6   1   19

Williams 26:23   3-8   1-1   7-12   2   2   7

Bass 14:30   3-5   1-2   1-2   0   4   7

Diop 7:34   1-2   0-0   0-2   0   0   2

Singleton 2:19   1-1   0-0   0-0   0   0   2

Green 1:20   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   2   0

Totals 240:00   45-88   15-20   15-48   25   21   112

Percentages:

FG .511, FT .750.

Three-Point Goals:

7-17, .412 (Nowitzki 2-3, Terry 2-6, Barea 1-1, George 1-3, Kidd 1-3, Williams 0-1).

Team Rebounds:

10.

Team Turnovers:

15 (17 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

7 (Dampier 3, Bass, Kidd, Nowitzki, Terry).

Turnovers:

14 (Kidd 3, Barea 2, Bass 2, Nowitzki 2, Williams 2, Dampier, George, Green).

Steals:

7 (Kidd 4, George 2, Barea).

Technical Fouls:

None.

Attendance:

19,813 (19,200).

Time:

2:25.

Officials:

Greg Willard, Jason Phillips, John Goble.