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Dean Wormer: 'Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.' Dean Dirk: 'Old slow and out-of-shape doesn't cut it, either.' The T'wolves ring in the New Year by busting the defending champ's jaw, 99-82. ... and we go to Mavs Quotebard:

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We love him, really, but we also want to strangle him -- a word from JJ ...

"It was awesome. I'm so proud of my team right now, they did such a good job. It feels so good to beat your old team, I'm not gonna lie." -JJ Barea

On the assorted defensive failures -- among other things the T'wolves snared 54 rebounds, 17 of those on the offensive glass ...

"We've got problems at both ends, but I'm always going to err on the side of feeling the defense is the most important. In the 10 years now that I've been a head coach in this league, the defensive end is always the key to success." -Coach Rick Carlisle

Offense wasn't great either -- as a team Dallas shot 29-77 and turned the ball over 17 times ...

"We didn't primarily play well -- nobody -- tonight. I know myself, personally, I pride myself in taking care of the ball and making shots. And that didn't happen tonight." -Jason Terry

A bit blase? Call it veteran cool ... "This is a game. It's not life or death, so there is no concern. We're all professionals, we're all trying to do our jobs, and all we can ask is for everybody to give 110 percent." -Jason Kidd

About Ricky Rubio -- notched 14 points, went 4-8 from the floor, and dropped seven dimes ...

"Their point guard made some great passes. The one he threw between guys' legs -- the bounce pass -- me coming from the Celtics, that was very Bob Cousy-like. But we've just got to tighten up. Coach can only do so much. They can draw the plays up, but we've got to go out and execute.'' -Delonte West

Insert Love-joke of choice -- regarding double-double machine Kevin Love ...

"He's almost like a new version of Laimbeer to me Almost Laimbeer-like. But a little bit more athletic." -Lamar Odom

"That three-ball was deadly. You've got to give him credit. "He made some big shots when they needed them." -Dirk Nowitzki

"It's a new year. We're the best team in 2012 right now. We feel good because we beat a good team tonight. We've got the monkey off our back." -Kevin Love

Nowhere to go but up, right? Right?

"The games come quick. We'll be right back at it tomorrow ... We can't worry about this one -- it's gone." -Jason Terry

"We got a lot of new pieces and we're trying to do this on the run. We're going to make mistakes and we just have to try and get better." -Jason Kidd

"We have to get better tomorrow and keep moving. Try to get ourselves back moving in the right direction." -Coach Rick Carlisle

Ever the optimist, that guy ...

"You're always concerned when you lose. When you lose by 30 twice at home, we were concerned then. Definitely the one win against Toronto doesn't really make the world great. So we've got a lot of work to do ... We knew that coming in, even if we would have won today or even if we would have won in OKC by one point, we would have had a lot of work to do." -Dirk Nowitzki

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