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Eddie Sefko writes about the Mavs current favorite play.

As Rick Carlisle tried to slow things down, use some clock and protect a safe lead, he called the same play on more than a half-dozen consecutive trips down the floor, and sometimes twice on the same possession after an offensive rebound.

"Fist-one," or "One-fist" if you prefer, is a set that features a two-man game with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. They milked it, and salted away the game with it.

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Sefko unloads another mailbag.

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Caplan wonders if maybe it's Jason Terry, not Josh Howard, who is more important to the teams success.

In the two losses, Terry shot 5-of-21 for 20 points. In the two wins, he made 19-of-35 for 48 points.

"We need another scorer, a reliable scorer," Nowitzki said. "If that means Jet has to start or whatever, we need him to make shots. We need his enthusiasm, his energy, his ability to shoot the 3 and spread the floor, but also to blow-and-go and finish some at the rim. We just need more out of him."

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Around the NBA:  San Antonio needed two overtimes to beat Minnesota and get their first win of the year.  Parker had 55.