The Monday Morning 50 Point Roundup

Behind the Box Score, where the Knicks were absolutely destroyed | Kelly Dwyer - Ball Don't Lie
Bad shots, terrible defense. Simple as that. And I can relay all the stats I want to you, but this was a lay-up line for the Mavs, to say nothing of an open invitation to shoot, eh, open threes in the first half. These stats don't count. The Mavs destroyed New York, in every conceivable way. And though I understand that the Mavs are quite good (even without Jason Kidd(notes)) and that the Knicks are rebuilding, it hardly matters. Mike D'Antoni's team should be embarrassed.

Monday Morning Mavs Donuts: Knicks Shock & Awe |
More numbers: The Mavericks outscored the Knicks 70-31 over the middle two quarters. Former Mavs PR boss Kevin Sullivan (who has gone on to even bigger and better things, from network TV to the White House) checks in with to note that Dallas' previous most-lopsided win was in Jan. 15, 1985, a 149-104 victory over Golden State in which Mark Aguirre scored 25 and the team shot 62.8 percent.

Player-By-Player Analysis Of Mavs 128, Knicks 78 |
Gooden totaled 18 rebounds, and you know what? Let Drew start and this is generally what you get. In fact, let Drew go with the first-teamers (which he�s done 10 times this year) and here is exactly what you get: He�s averaging 11 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per in his 10 starts this season.

Dallas Mavericks set record in drubbing Knicks, 128-78 | Eddie Sefko - DMN
It was the Mavericks' biggest win ever, surpassing the 45-point drubbing they gave Golden State (149-104) in 1985. "With this team, you just never know," said Dirk Nowitzki. True enough. The Mavericks ended the eight-day road trip 3-2, and while it could have been better, the way they ended it proved just how good they can be, even short-handed.

The Come Up: Old faces, M*A*S*H unit | Jeff Wade - ESPNDallas
No J Kidd and No Big Damp meant no problem because NY plays no D. Isn’t it sweet? Will it be a springboard win like last year’s overtime victory at MSG? The Mavs won 10 of their next 12 after taking a 2-7 record to New York early last season. This year’s team has a great record, but the quality of play has been lacking since the Mavs smothered OKC back on Dec. 16. The schedule is looking manageable the next couple of weeks leading up to All Star Weekend

No Kidding: Mavericks' Roddy Beaubois puts on future show | Eddie Sefko - DMN
"He's been preparing for when we need him to play point," coach Rick Carlisle said. "And he ran the team well. You can see that the hard work has paid off." Beaubois has spent time in the film room with Kidd, learning to run – and defend – the pick and roll. It's been a tedious process at times, but with Kidd mentoring him, his rookie season is progressing nicely.

Tapping the brakes on the Roddy B bandwagon | ESPNDallas
Roddy Beaubois stuffed the box score in the epic rout of the Knicks yesterday. He advantage of his first significant stretch of playing time in more than a month by totaling 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 24 minutes. And he produced a highlight getting all sorts of SportsCenter airtime with his spinning, over-the-head, and-1 flip. But Beaubois also showed why Rick Carlisle doesn't trust him to run the team, even as a backup point guard. Five turnovers in 24 minutes? Yikes.

Mark Cuban on All-Star Weekend | DMN
"It literally could be the largest party weekend in the history of the United States," he said. "That's how big this thing has gotten. "The Super Bowl, from a television perspective, is the biggest event of the year. But for attendance and partying, All-Star Weekend will make the Super Bowl look like a bar mitzvah."

ESPN Daily Dime
"With any top tier player -- when there's multiple choices at [max] money, it really comes down to where he thinks he has the best chance to win, and that's just up to each individual organization to try to convince them of that," Cuban said. "New York is a great selling point, Miami's got great selling points, Dallas, Chicago, L.A., Memphis -- they all have their own selling points," Cuban said. "Maybe Memphis, maybe he's a huge Elvis fan and he wants to be close. You just never know." The "you just never know" part is what is causing a lot of sleepless nights for Cleveland fans, and the thought of Cuban getting into the mix for their local hero isn't exactly going to act as a sedative.

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