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Two games in a row where the final score hasn't been a very good indication of the how the game went. In neither of the Mavs last two one-point wins did I get concerned the Mavs were going lose the game.

Tim MacMahon recaps the game with a focus on Kevin Garnett, while Garcia focused on the defense down the stretch.

As hard as Minnesota's Kevin Garnett worked to get position, Howard fought even harder, denying the All-Star power forward at every turn. The ball was knocked loose three times and Howard finally wound up with it. That defensive possession helped preserve the Mavericks' 94-93 victory Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

"That was just me and Devean George getting our hands to the ball for a quick reaction," Howard said, "and not letting him get an easy shot."
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Jim Reeves thinks the coaches All-Star votes should be made public.
Remember, coaches can't vote for their own players, so here's a question that has to be asked: Did the Suns' Mike D'Antoni leave Howard off his ballot completely in order to help increase the chances of Marion and Stoudemire making the team? We wouldn't have to ask that question if the league made the voting public, as it should.
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Tim MacMahon talked to Mark Cuban about Howard not making the All-Star roster. When asked if he would lobby David Stern on Howard's behalf, Cuban replied "I'm thinking that's not going to be the best way to do it."

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Thanks to Marie for pointing out this article from the Salt Lake Tribune. Steve Luhm, the author, thinks Howard got snubbed because of Mark Cuban.

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Down in the D-League: Mensah-Bonsu returned to the lineup with no problems. He scored 22, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked four shots.

Maurice Ager struggled from the floor again, shooting 2 for 9 on his way to six points.

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Around the NBA: Phoenix lost to a Boozerless Utah Jazz. All-Star Mehmet Okur had 29 and 12.

Kobe won his rematch with Gilbert Arenas. Speaking of Arenas -- the bet -- the video.