Mark Cuban's nightmare continues, the Celtics look unstoppable, and Kobe fails in the clutch.
• Pwnage: Jason Kidd made his return to New Jersey, but it was the new kid in town that stole the show. Devin Harris - arguably the finest point guard in the Eastern Conference - scored 41 points and dished out 13 assists while (once again) proving that NJ got the better end of the trade, leading the Nets to a convincing victory over the visiting Mavs. The home fans, naturally, let Mark Cuban (who was sitting courtside) have it, as they serenaded him with a “Thank you Cuban!” chant as Harris walked off the floor triumphantly.
• 17 and counting: The Celtics continued their death-march through the rest of the Association last night, soundly beating the hapless Bulls. The C's are now 25-2 on the season. Just to prove how bored Boston is with the rest of the League, here's what they were most concerned with: “The conversation in the locker room was who would win a race, Bolt or Rondo,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s Bolt. Not even close. But Rondo, he was up for the challenge … If you put dribbling in, I think we’ve got a shot at it.”
• Thriller in the MIA: This one was (rightfully) billed as a Kobe vs. Wade matchup, and it did indeed come down to which of the two mega-stars would step up at money time. Evidently, Kobe could not, as a last-second jump shot could not save the Lakeshow from their fourth loss of the season. That's it, trade him! As for the Heat, thanks to their defense and D-Wade's 35 points, they snapped a three-game losing streak.