DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks will need to find a way
to slow down Amare Stoudemire if they hope to even their Western
Conference semifinal series against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
The Suns limped into Texas on Friday without starting guard Joe
Johnson, who fractured his left orbital bone in Game Two. But
Stoudemire continued his dominance of the Mavericks with 37
points and 14 rebounds in a 119-102 victory that gave Phoenix a
2-1 lead in the series.
After averaging 22.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Suns'
opening-round sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies, Stoudemire has
averaged 35.7 points and 15.3 rebounds against Dallas.
The 22-year-old Stoudemire has scored 77 points in his team's
two wins, making things miserable for Mavericks center Erick
Dampier, who has scored a total of 19 in the series.
Jimmy Jackson started in Johnson's place and scored 17 points in
Game Three. NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash haunted his
former team with 27 points and 17 assists for the Suns.
After scoring a 2004 playoff-low 106 points in its Game Two
loss, Phoenix made 11-of-22 3-pointers to produce its
third-highest scoring total this postseason.
Dallas had a miserable offensive effort in Friday's loss,
shooting 39 percent and making just 1-of-18 3-pointers. Dirk
Nowitzki scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but made just
The series shifts back to Phoenix for Game Five on Wednesday.