Dallas Mavericks' new players played well last night, beating the top team in the east in Orlando Magic.
Caron Butler and Brenden Haywood combined for 73 minutes 16 rebounds and 31 points. ; A really good bigman and another scorer. ; Good Job Dallas.
Another top team fell to newcomers. ; Denver fell to Washington and their new lineup. ; No Arenas, no Jamison, no Butler, no problem. ; Josh Howard had 20 points in 23 minutes. More stunning was the 25 points the Wizards outscored the Nuggets in that 23 minutes. ; Also, Al Thornton (just acquired from the Clippers) had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 block shots in 31 minutes. Oh I can't wait until Ilgauskas joins the group. ;
Expect Thornton and Howard to play with a chip on their shoulders, showing the teams that didn't want them that they were wrong. The Wizards have players that are auditioning for the big free agent bucks. ; They are going to be competitive for the rest of the season.