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Dallas is 32-8. Thirty two and eight. I don't think I have to remind you that they've won 32 of their last 36 and 18 of their last 19.

Just for fun, pretending the first four games of the season never happened, Dallas winning percentage of .888 would have them on pace to win 72.8 games. The record for wins in a season is of course 72 (.878) - set by the 95/96 Bulls.

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Art Garcia sums up the game.

He scored 21 in the period, as the Rockets jumped out to the early lead. After cooling off a bit in the second quarter, McGrady heated up again in the third, and Houston moved out to a 13-point (65-52) edge.

From there, the Mavs blasted off.

In a 13-minute flash of lock-down defense and running that started with a pair of 3-pointers from George and ended with another from Nowitzki, the Mavs outscored their I-45 rivals 47-23 to take a 99-88 lead.
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Ray Buck campaigns for Josh Howard to make the All-Star team, calling him "Nowitzki's Pippen".

Josh Howard has been getting a lot of love lately. In John Hollinger's column yesterday he said Howard would receive a max contract if he was a free agent this offseason. I'm not sure I believe that, but he'd certainly get a lot more than the 4/40 he signed this preseason.

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Barea has finally been sent down to Fort Worth.
Barea has been such a favorite with his teammates that Avery Johnson said: "The guys said he better go down there and average a double-double or they're not going to let him back."
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Around the NBA: The Suns' Kurt Thomas hurt his elbow and will miss 4-6 weeks.

On Monday, Phoenix had 76 points at halftime. On Tuesday, Orlando had 78 points at the end of an overtime loss.

Sounds like the coaches will definitely put Carmelo in the All-Star game.
The Denver Post has learned that at least 13 out of 14 Western Conference coaches say Anthony's suspension stemming from a Dec. 16 fight would not have a negative influence on whether they would vote for him as an all-star reserve.
"I wouldn't hold it against him at all. I'd look at it like an injury or just something else that kept him out of some games," Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. said. "I can't say what anyone else would do, how anyone else would vote. But I look at the caliber of the player and does he deserve to be there."