Mavs Over Nets, And You Vote On 'The Dirkie'
In the dictionary under 'Ugly, as applied to Basketball Games,' you find tonight's game in Newark. The whistles were twittering like birds on a power line, Dallas couldn't hit the ground if they tripped, and the bounces and rolls just weren't boucing and rolling the Mavericks' way . . . until the end. Well the Dirkie's a beautiful thing, but -- thank God -- it's not awarded for aesthetics.
Tyson Chandler -- 19 points, 3 steals, monsterousness
Dirk Nowitzki -- bad shooting, yet clutch
Jose Juan Barea -- three-point awfulness fading
Shawn Marion -- 11 rebounds, 2 steals
Ian Mahinmi -- backup middle monster
Jason Kidd -- eight assists and three steals
Jason Terry -- 11 points, double-draw