Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, and Dallas newcomer Caron Butler started a key third-quarter run in the Dallas Mavericks' 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Amare Stoudemire, who has been mentioned in trade rumors in
recent days, had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who had
their five-game road winning streak snapped.
Butler, acquired from Washington along with Brendan Haywood and
DeShawn Stevenson in a seven-player deal Saturday, scored 15 points
and hit a jumper to open a 16-4 run in the third. Jason Kidd had 18
points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals
Before Wednesday's game, Stoudemire rated his chances of being
traded before Thursday's deadline as 50-50.
Cleveland was considered the most likely destination if
Stoudemire was dealt. But the Cavaliers moved on to their next
choice, acquiring Antawn Jamison from Washington in a three-team