Phoenix Suns seeking their best version heading into Game 2 vs. Dallas Mavericks 

The Phoenix Suns are happy with how they played most of Monday’s Game 1 at Footprint Center, but can’t dismiss how they finished the 121-114 win over Dallas. 

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The Suns were up 21 points with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but let the Mavericks make it more interesting than it needed to be. 

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“You’ve got to look at both,” said Suns forward Cam Johnson, who finished third in the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year voting as Heat guard Tyler Herro won the award.  

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“You’ve got to weigh both, and you’ve got to determine what is going to sustain us going forward and what version of us and then we’ll get going forward.” 

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Dallas pulled within single digits with a little more than a minute left.  

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The fourth-seeded Mavs shrunk that lead down to five with 10.5 seconds left before coming up short. 

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“This is the first time I think we had a slow start, but I like the way we responded,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said after Game 1. 

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Now the top-seeded Suns enter Wednesday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals looking to take a 2-0 series lead. 

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