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After a demoralizing loss at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns needed to come back strong against a Bucks team who isn't exactly lighting the world on fire these days. Behind twin 20 point performances by Mickael Pietrus and Channing Frye and a 13 assist performance by Steve Nash, the Suns did just that in a 102-88 laugher at the Bradley Center. 
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The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets reportedly made a minor deal on Thursday afternoon before the NBA trade deadline. The Suns shipped back-up point guard Goran Dragic and their 2011 1st Round Pick to the Rockets in exchange for back-up point guard Aaron Brooks. 

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Ever since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, the big story in the NBA has been the continuing saga of whether or not the Denver Nuggets would trade Carmelo Anthony. Taken with the third overall pick in the 2003 Draft, Anthony is considered one of the league's elite players, and the story about whether he would be dealt to the Knicks, Nets, or perhaps stay in the Mile High City has dominated the headlines for months now. 

To the relief of many that follow the league, the story will finally come to an end after the events of Monday evening. The Denver Post reported that Anthony had been traded to the New York Knicks, along with Chauncey Billups and three other players. In exchange, the Nuggets received some really solid players in Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, and Timofey Mozgov. The Minnesota Timberwolves were also involved in the deal, sending Corey Brewer to the Knicks and receiving Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry in exchange. 
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When a team is headed into the All-Star break, they generally try like crazy to go into it with a good deal of positive momentum on their side. Whether true or not, conventional wisdom would suggest that a team would be better suited to go flying into the days off surrounding the All-Star Game, rather than limping into it. 

Two teams that have been playing really well as of late met in Phoenix on Thursday night to close out the first half of the NBA slate, and in the end, it was the hotter of the two teams that ended up prevailing. Even with Steve Nash picking up his sixth straight double-double and Robin Lopez having a splendid night, it was Dirk Nowitzki's 35 points than pushed the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-106 win over the Suns.
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After a momentum-sapping loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, the Phoenix Suns came into their game Tuesday against the Jazz looking to reclaim their mojo. After a game where they were thoroughly dominated in several areas of the game, they needed a big night from a key player in order to ensure success against a team that they have dominated this season. 

They got just such a performance out of Channing Frye.
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Every non-game day, Suns Rising will bring you some articles to check out while your favorite team isn't on the floor. From player profiles to random videos, you'll never be quite sure what you'll find among these links.

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No link available to this one, but according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Goran Dragic will return to the Suns lineup when they play the Jazz on Tuesday night. He has been out with an injury sustained when he stepped on a glass at his home. Coro did report that Alvin Gentry said that if Dragic struggles in his return, then he will go back to Zabian Dowdell to be the back-up point guard. 

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After getting back above the .500 mark for the first time since December 7th, the Suns came into Sunday's game against the Kings looking to keep the momentum going from their recent successes. The game they played against Utah was a great boost, with the comeback victory and holding the Jazz to 27 points in the second half being the primary takeaways from the contest. When you factor in that the Kings were without one of their best players in DeMarcus Cousins, the loss that they handed the Suns is even more perplexing. 

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