Saturday Post-Spurs Roundup

Fantastic 4th: 42-point quarter rallies Mavericks past Spurs | Eddie Sefko - DMN
"We got a bunch of guys with one goal and that's to win a championship," Terry said. "You can only do that if you can win games like this. These prepare you for it." Terry and Nowitzki combined for 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks erased a 10-point deficit and won going away.

Mavericks have upper hand in rivalry vs. Spurs | Eddie Sefko - DMN
By the end, he [Duncan] had 31 and 12, which qualified as huge any way you slice it. And the Mavericks won. That's why the Mavericks can look the Spurs in the eye and not blink anymore.

NBA source: Dallas Mavericks discussing trade to acquire Eduardo Najera | Eddie Sefko - DMN
he proposed trade would bring the 6-7 Najera and a trade exception that New Jersey owns to the Mavericks in exchange for Shawne Williams and Kris Humphries. The deal could be worth up to $4.7 million in salary and luxury-tax savings for owner Mark Cuban.

Mavs Working To Swap Humphries For Najera | Mike Fisher - DB.com
Humphries quickly earned delighted squeals from female followers at the AAC … and backed up that support with a hustling style that netted the 24-year-old 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in limited play. But Najera is also a long-time favorite with Mavs fans. He’s not as big or as "springy’’ as Humphries, but at 33 he’s carved out for himself a 10-year NBA career based on the same sort of effort.

ESPN Weekend Daily Dime
Fourteen teams still owe a luxury-tax payment in July unless they can make moves before the Feb. 18 trading deadline to get under the tax threshold. The list of taxpayers:
     TEAM         TAX OWED
1) Lakers       $21,430,778
2) Mavericks  $17,891,714
3)Celtics        $14,324,318

Howard close to being able to 'really amp it up' | Tim MacMahon - ESPNDallas
"We’ve been able to bring him along at a rate that was more reasonable to getting him to a point where we could really amp it up," Carlisle said. "I think we’re getting closer to that point."

Mavs 112, Spurs 103: Donuts In Review Of Southwest Showdown | Mike Fisher - DB.com
: Is it time for Josh Howard to "amp it up’’? Sounds good, I guess. But the most notable thing about J-Ho’s 28-minute performance in San Antonio, I think, is that Carlisle opted to leave him on the floor in the late-going, meaning Shawn Marion (24 minutes) remained chained to the bench. As we’ve said before, it’s quite a luxury. … It will be interesting to see if tonight, on the second game of the B-2-B, if Josh plays a few fewer minutes while The Matrix takes over as a closer.

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