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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Feb. 7
Cleveland at Houston (8 p.m. EST). The Rockets have won four in a row and eight of 10.

STARS
Wednesday
-Peja Stojakovic, Hornets, sank a 22-footer at the buzzer to give New Orleans a 132-130 double-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns.
-Earl Watson, Sonics, had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading Seattle to a 105-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
-Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career triple-double and Dallas defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 107-96.
-Joe Johnson, Hawks, scored 28 points, including four free throws in the final 23 seconds, and Atlanta beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-95.

SHAQ SWAPPED
The Phoenix Suns acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning, blockbuster deal that sent four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat. O'Neal has averaged 25.6 points and 11.5 rebounds in his 14-plus NBA seasons. This season, plagued by injuries and going through a divorce, he's averaging 14.2 points. His 14-year streak as an All-Star choice came to an end this year.

EXCLAMATION POINT
Peja Stojakovic sank a 22-footer at the buzzer to give the New Orleans Hornets a 132-130 double-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. The win made the Hornets 3-0 against the Suns this season, with two of the victories in Phoenix. Chris Paul scored 42, one off his career high, but had only two after regulation for New Orleans.

SWEET
Kyle Korver's 27 points, including four free throws in the final 19 seconds of overtime, sent the Utah Jazz to their 10th straight win, a 118-115 thriller over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Utah improved to 16-2 since acquiring Korver from the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29, surging past Denver and Portland and into the lead in the Northwest Division.

TRIPLE TIME
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career triple-double, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their home winning streak to eight games with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. ... Earl Watson had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Seattle to a 105-92 victory over Sacramento.

SNAPPED
The Indiana Pacers used a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 103-100 on Wednesday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Mo Williams scored 36 points in Milwaukee's 107-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. ... Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and a season-best 20 rebounds for Phoenix in a 132-130 double-overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets. ... Corey Maggette scored 33 points in the Clippers' 111-100 loss to the Celtics.

STREAKS
The Knicks' 103-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers was their seventh straight.

SPEAKING
``It was a very, very hard decision for me. When Shaq came to the team four years ago, I always felt it was forever. We won a championship with him. We wish him nothing but the best. We have to move on with our team. We're rebuilding. This is not the most desirable place to be right now.'' - Heat coach Pat Riley after a deal was finalized on Wednesday that sent 14-time All-Star Shaquille O'Neal to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
 

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