Dwain Price

Monta Ellis (23) and Dirk Nowitzki (21) scored 44 of the 55 points the #Mavs scored in the second half of tonight's win over the #Suns.

Jeff Caplan

Vince Carter on assuming 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list: "You throw those names up you just passed, it's like, 'Me, really?'"

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis: "We set a goal in training camp. People doubted us, never gave us a chance, but as of today ... we're in the playoffs."

Jae Crowder

PLAYOFF BOUND!! THANKS TO ALL THE REAL #MFFL.. YOU GUYS ARE APPRECIATED..! #MAVSNATION

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk: "It feels good to be back in the big dance. I mean, that's where competitors want to be -- on the big stage and in the playoffs."

Mark Followill

Monta he's speaking of RT@mbenson6 @{me} First Mav not named Dirk with five 30-point games in a season since Josh Howard in 2007-08.

Mark Followill

In expected fashion, it was a close game as the Mavs play league leading 21st game decided by 3 or less. They've won 11 of em

Mark Followill

Mavs held Phoenix to 5/21 FG in 4th (& I am sure 2nd game of B2B hurt too). 2nd best 4th qtr FG defense for Mavs this yr as Suns shoot 23.8%

Jose Manuel Calderon

Sometimes things don't go your way individually that's why this is a TEAM sport. #PLAYOFFS #happy #mavs

Shane Larkin

Big win!! Playoff bound!! #MFFL best fans in the LEAGUE! Let's keep it moving!!!

Jose Manuel Calderon

A veces las cosas no salen bien individualmente por eso esto es un dporte de EQUIPO. Gran victoria! #PLAYOFFS #feliz

Mark Followill

Really happy for Monta Ellis, making 3rd trip to the playoffs in his career. Tied season high w/ 37 points. Mavs wouldn't be here w/out him

DeJuan Blair

PLAYOFFS!!!!!

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis credits the @dallasmavs fans for this win: "I just think it was the energy and environment of this building." #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Carlisle: "Our franchise stands for winning championships, and you can't win a championship unless you're in the playoffs."

Earl K. Sneed

Carlisle on Monta Ellis: "He's a rise-to-the-moment player."

Earl K. Sneed

INSTANT ANALYSIS: @dallasmavs punch ticket to playoffs following come-from-behind win over Suns mavs.com/game-81-mavs-v… #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Final: Mavs 101, Suns 98. Dallas clinches playoff spot. Phoenix to fight it out with Memphis at home Monday night. #SunsAtMavs

Mark Followill

Who would believe it defensive stops help Dallas bring it home. Huge block by Brandan Wright late. Mavs 101 Suns 98 & Mavs earn playoff spot

Dwain Price

Mavs edge Suns, clinch playoff spot bit.ly/1sUfP9T

Earl K. Sneed

FINAL: @dallasmavs 101, Suns 98; 37 pts for Monta Ellis and 23 pts for Dirk. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

It's a final: #Mavs 101, #Suns 98.

Earl K. Sneed

.@dallasmavs are headed to the playoffs!!!!

Earl K. Sneed

Ellis hits 1 of 2 at the line again and the Suns are down 101-98 with the ball and 9.4 seconds to tie it. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

Wow. Monta has missed 2 late FTs. The game could have been over. #Mavs up 101-98 with 9.4 sec left.

Jeff Caplan

Ellis goes 1-2 at the line. Mavs 101 Suns 98 (9.4)... Can Phoenix execute a competent late-possession play with the season on the line?

Dwain Price

Big block by Wright on a Bledsoe drive.

Earl K. Sneed

All-defensive lineup for the @dallasmavs...and Brandan Wright BLOCKS Bledsoe! #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Ellis goes 1-2 at the line. Mavs 100 Suns 98 (18.7)... Can Phoenix execute a competent late-possession play with the season on the line?

Dwain Price

Uh-uh. Drama. #Mavs up 100-98 with 18.7 sec left. #Suns ball.

Earl K. Sneed

Ellis goes 1 for 2 at the line and Gerald Green grabs the board. Suns' ball down two with 18.7 ticks left. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

.@dallasmavs just do get the ball over halfcourt and Bledsoe racks Ellis in the face to send him to the line with 20.9 seconds left.

Jeff Caplan

My MIP choice just took a rushed shot from the baseline and missed. Mavs up 99-98 out of the timeout (25.4). #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

Loose-ball foul on Ellis. Bledsoe hits 1 of 2 at the line with 52.7 seconds left. @dallasmavs up one.#DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

This is where legends are made. #Mavs up 99-97 with 1:15 left.

Earl K. Sneed

Eric Bledsoe with the steal and score. @dallasmavs up 99-97 with 1:15 left on the clock. #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

A reminder to those at home, Mavs have a tough time finishing off teams at home. Mavs 99, Suns 95 (1:33). #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

Let Monta go to work! #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

No. Dirk is coming back in. My bad.

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk is standing up at the end of the bench and he wants to go back in. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

Mavs looks like they're going to have to try and win this one without Dirk.

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk limps to the bench. He's trying to work out that left ankle. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

Dirk is limping off the court.

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk looks like he's having trouble with his left ankle. #DALvsPHX

Mark Followill

Mavs in front 97-89 now over the Suns. 3 mins to go. Brandan Wright with his 2nd double-double, 12 pts & 11 rebs

Earl K. Sneed

3:03 left and this building is in postseason form. @dallasmavs can smell the playoffs but they have to close this last 3:03 first. Up 97-89.

Earl K. Sneed

Devin Harris for 3!!!! @dallasmavs up 97-89. #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Ellis steal on Frye and layup gives Dallas 94-89 lead (4:00). Suns with 11 points in 8 min. #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk's 3 is followed by Monta Ellis' steal and score. @dallasmavs up 94-89 with 4:00 on the clock. Buckle up, folks. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

Monta has completely taken over this game.

Earl K. Sneed

Double-double now for Brandan Wright with 12 pts & 10 rebs. Dirk for 3 and the @dallasmavs lead 92-89. #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Suns 2-8 FG in the 4th qtr. Mavs 89, Suns 87 (5:30) #SunsAtMavs

Mark Followill

First lead since 35-34, Mavs get a Dirk layup to take 88-87 lead over Phoenix. 6:38 to go on TXA21

Dwain Price

First lead for the #Mavs since 35-34 at 7:28 of the 2nd period. They're up 88-87 with 6:38 left.

Earl K. Sneed

.@dallasmavs have their 1st lead since 35-34, looking to hold on with an 88-87 edge and 6:38 left to close. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis to Dirk for the layup and the @dallasmavs take an 88-87 lead with 6:38 left to play. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

The #Mavs have had some crazy turnovers tonight.

Mark Followill

Great game, bad wifi so can't tweet much. Suns up 85-84 w/ 8:45 to go on TXA21. Monta has 30. Dirk w/ 18 for Mavs, 16 in 2nd half

Jeff Caplan

Fourth time Dallas has come within one point of the lead since late 3rd qtr. Suns 85, Mavs 84 (8:45) #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

That's Vince Carter's 5th foul with 8:45 left to play. Could prove crucial. @dallasmavs down 85-84. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

MONTA ELLIS...AND ONE!!!

Earl K. Sneed

After playing the entire 3rd, Dirk returns with 10:00 left in the 4th. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Make it 27 pts now for Monta Ellis on 12-of-18 shooting... #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Final, desperate 12 minutes for both teams coming up. Suns lead 78-75. Ellis 25 pts, Dirk 16, Bledsoe/Frye each with 21. #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

.@dallasmavs inched to within one in the 3rd but enter the 4th down 78-75. Big momentum block by Brandan Wright to end the 3rd. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

#Suns lead 78-75 after 3 quarters.

Dwain Price

#Mavs don't want to go to Memphis needing to win that game on Wednesday just to get in the playoffs.

Jeff Caplan

Interestingly, Mark Cuban did not believe Vince Carter fouled Channing Frye.

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis AGAIN from 3. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis is doing it at both ends of the court tonight, folks. #DALvsPHX

Dwain Price

If they called that walk on Michael Jordan he would have 10,000 less points.

Earl K. Sneed

He's STILL Dirk Nowitzki.

Earl K. Sneed

He's still Dirk Nowitzki.

Earl K. Sneed

Gerald Green answers from 3. Ouch. #DALvsPHX

Mark Followill

8-0 Mavs run, badly needed. 2 Monta 3s. Suns lead down to 69-64 w/ 4:36 left 3Q on TXA21 (NBATV nationally)

Dwain Price

Back-to-back 3's by Monta, who has 22 pts. #Mavs now down 69-64 with 4:36 left in the 3rd period.

Jeff Caplan

Back to back 3s from Ellis get Dallas to within 69-64. Peeved Hornacek calls timeout (4:36, 3rd). #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

Back-to-back 3s from Monta Ellis and the @dallasmavs are within five, 69-64, with 4:36 in the 3rd. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

BIG corner 3 from Ellis. #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Channing Frye is unconscious (19 pts, 7-11FG, 5-6 3s)... Suns 69, Mavs 56 (5:58, 3rd) #SunsAtMavs >Frye, BTW, was 1-15 on 3s in last 4 gms.

Earl K. Sneed

P.J. Tucker with the reverse and the foul. FT coming and the Suns have opened up a 69-56 lead mid-3rd. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk took an inadvertent elbow from Frye and might have a cut inside his mouth. Still hits 2 FTs and the @dallasmavs are within nine, 65-56.

Mark Followill

Early 3rd, Dirk already 6 pts in qtr after only 2 in 1st half. Suns up 65-54 over Dallas

Jeff Caplan

Mavs are 4-5 in last 9 at home. Suns don't exactly hold leads well. Dirk heating up. Suns 63, Mavs 54. #SunsAtMavs

Jeff Caplan

Dirk is 1-6 FG. Monta is 8-13 for 16 points. His game to take over. Huge test for player who wants to be considered among best at position.

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk is now 1 of 6... #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Suns young legs, need to push the pace in 2nd half, keep away from turnovers. Only 3 in 2nd qtr after 7 in 1st. Shooting 60.5%. #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

33 combined points from Bledsoe and Frye on a combined 11-of-14 shooting. Suns are shooting 60.5% to @dallasmavs' 42.2%. #DALvsPHX

Jeff Caplan

Serious business for #Mavs. Win and clinch. Lose and fall a gm behind #Suns & #Grizzlies in the loss column w 1 gm left at Memphis on Wed.

Jeff Caplan

Eric Bledsoe scores 13 pts in final 4:39 of 1st half, Suns close on 17-6 run and lead Mavs 57-46 at the half. #SunsAtMavs

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis beats the buzzer to end the half and the @dallasmavs trail 57-46 at the break. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Bledsoe for 3 and the Suns are on a 15-2 run to take a 55-42 lead. #DALvsPHX

Earl K. Sneed

Monta Ellis breaks an 8-0 Phoenix run with a jumper. Then P.J. Tucker comes back with an immediate answer. #DALvsPHX

Mark Followill

Suns on a 7-0 run, Phoenix up 47-40 over Dallas. Channing Frye 5/5 on 3s. 2:32 left 2Q on TXA21

Earl K. Sneed

7-0 Suns run and they take a 47-40 lead with 3:03 left in the 3rd following that Eric Bledsoe jumper. #DALvsPHX