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The Mavericks found their groove against the Suns last night, winning 105-98, putting the series at 1-1 heading back to Phoenix. The three stars of the evening: Dirk Nowitzki, who had 30 points, 14 boards, and 6 assists. Josh Howard, who had 29 points and 7 boards. And David Hasselhoff, who is the reason that Dirk Nowitzki ever makes free throws at all.

Hasselhoff was in the stands, and TNT was all over him. He was interviewed during the game by Craig Sager, and he visited the booth, where Ernie Johnson had a lapse in common sense and had his picture taken with him. Sager, you can understand. Everyone's going to make fun of Sager anyway. But when you sit next to Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, and you voluntarily have your picture taken with David Hasselhoff... well, you're just begging to be abused.

So, yeah. Phoenix, you'd have to assume, will gladly take their split and head back home, although the lack of Raja Bell for at least two more games is a series blow. They only went 7 deep last night, and one of those 7 was Eddie House. With the style they play, and the fact they've gone through two seven-game series already, they need their depth.

Dirk Loves Hasselhoff [MisterIrrelevant.com]
Suns 98, Mavs 105 [ESPN.com]