Blazing Suns Outplay Hurting Mavs 109-97
Stoudemire, Barbosa are hot in final game before All-Star break
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 3:44 AM CST
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, drives past Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw, of France, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 in Phoenix....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Suns have now won 10 of their last 12 games, building momentum going into the All-Star break with a 109-97 defeat of a depleted Mavericks team. Missing Josh Howard, Jerry Stackhouse and Devin Harris, Dallas was "hurting, no doubt about it," said Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni. But Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry kept things interesting, reports the Arizona Republic. 

Nowitzki put up a game-high 36 points with 12 rebounds, while Terry added 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting. Phoenix answered that threat with 26 points each from Amare Stoudemire and sixth-man Leandro Barbosa, and 24 more from Steve Nash. The Suns hold the West's best overall record going into the break, and will see Shaquille O'Neal take the court when they return.