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Overtime Flies

On March 14, 2007, the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks played one of the greatest regular-season games of all time. The 2-OT affair in Texas pitted the West’s top teams – and best pals Steve Nash and the Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki -- in a seesaw slugfest that ended 129-127 in favor of the Suns.

The Phoenix and Dallas teams that will lock horns at US Airways Center almost exactly two years later -- on Tuesday, March 10 – are shadows of their former selves, and those twin titans of ’07 who fought tooth and nail for the top seed in the West are now on the lower end of the Western-playoff bubble. But who cares, really? Suns-Mavs – not to mention Steve-Dirk – usually pays high dividends in terms of pure NBA theater.

Fri., Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m.; Tue., March 10, 7 p.m., 2009

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