3-pointer: Shawn Marion hits grand milestone

DALLAS – Shawn Marion reached a milestone in classic Matrix fashion.

Marion led the Mavericks in points (18), rebounds (nine) and assists (five) during the 1,000th game of his NBA career. Marion played a major role in the Mavs’ win over the Phoenix Suns, whose uniform he wore in the first 660 games of his career.

Marion, a four-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion, is the 107th player in league history to play at least 1,000 games.

“Feels like 1,500,” the 34-year-old Marion said, half-kidding.

Well, Marion has packed a lot of production into those 1,000 games.

Marion became a member of a much more exclusive club earlier this season, joining Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Kevin Garnett as the only players in NBA history with at least 16,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and 1,500 steals.

So it was certainly fitting for Marion’s milestone night to be a stat-stuffing performance.

“He’s had a remarkable career,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a unique player, because his style of play is not conventional. It’s one of the things that’s also stood out and made his career very unique and very impressive.”

A few more notes from the Mavs’ sixth win in eight games:

1. Roddy B. aggressive: Rodrigue Beaubois didn’t produce another point-per-minute performance, as he did Friday night against the Spurs to jump Mike James on the backup point guard depth chart.

Beaubois’ outing against the Suns was a mixed bag: eight points on 3-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

“He’s doing some things to make you notice him out there,” Carlisle said. “But, look, some of the mistakes have got to be eliminated. As he gets more opportunities, that will happen. His level of aggression, his body language, his disposition is much better than what we’ve seen.”

2. Dahntay dazzles: Dahntay Jones had fallen out of the rotation recently, playing five or fewer minutes in six of the previous nine games, including his first two DNP-CDs of the season.

Jones gave Carlisle something to think about with his performance against the Suns, scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, dishing out three assists and grabbing two rebounds in 17 minutes. The Mavs were plus-16 with the veteran swingman on the floor.

3. Fatigued Phoenix: Dirk Nowitzki called this as close to a must-win game as it gets in January for several reasons. One was that the Mavs knew the Suns would be fatigued while playing their fourth game in five nights.

“Tonight was a night we had to take care of business because they’re a tired team,” Carlisle said. “I think we took advantage of that and did what we needed to do.”