Williams shines in Mexico


January 14, 2017
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (centre) is fouled as he shoots against Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (right) and centre Andre Drummond, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, on Thursday. (AP Photo)
Dallas Mavericks Deron Williams (left) moves the ball past Phoenix Suns Eric Bledsoe in the first half of their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, on Thursday. (AP Photo)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (centr) drives between San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (left) and guard Danny Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, on Thursday in San Antonio. (AP Photo0
Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (left) drives past New York Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, in New York. The Knicks won 104-89. (AP Photo)

Deron Williams' savvy floor game helped the Dallas Mavericks offset Devin Booker's sensational shooting in Mexico City.

Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth regular-season NBA game played in Mexico.

Williams shot 9 for 15 from the field in a matchup of struggling teams south of the border. Harrison Barnes added 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 for the Mavericks, who broke a three-game losing streak.

Williams has scored at least 20 points six times in his last 10 games.

"Deron had a great night, both as playmaker and as a scorer, and he was involved in key stops down the stretch," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "When a veteran guy like that has a night like that, it's a real advantage for your team. He was solid and did it in a spectacular fashion a sign of a great pro."

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Klay Thompson didn't much care for sitting out a game even if he knows it will probably help him in the long run.

He hung out in the locker room area Tuesday night watching with the video interns and drinking water and sports drinks to stay hydrated after dealing with an illness.

"It was a good time," he said sarcastically.

Thompson certainly looked refreshed a couple of nights later.

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