Notes on Tuesday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• Garden Party: Kobe Not Invited. With Kobe Bryant suspended and banned from the Garden on Tuesday, MSNBC's Michael Ventre askes the musical question, "Can we get clearance from Barbaro's doctor to euthanize David Stern?" Well, actually, what he said was more along the lines of "Where will it end?" With Kobe serving a one-game suspension for a minor contact infraction, the Knicks handed the Lakers their third straight loss, 99-94, as Eddy Curry had 27 points for the NBA's most valuable franchise.
• There's No Place Like Home ... Or, Is There? Nope. We were right the first time. Our Austin Croshere poster hangs proudly in our home today, seeming more relevant than ever after the Mavericks beat the Sonics 122-102 for Dallas' 14th straight home victory. Croshere had a career-high 34 points and seven rebounds. The Mavericks had 15 consecutive home wins last season for the franchise record.
• Buck Season! Rabbit Season! No mention of Super Bowl-type celebrities in the crowd — come on AP, do your job! — as the Shaq-less Heat dispatched the Bucks 110-80 on Tuesday behind Dwyane Wade's 28 points (12-for-17 shooting from the field). O'Neal has a left calf injury, and teammate Jason Williams also sat out with a foot ailment.
• Grow Toe, Grow! They may have been missing LeBron James, but Cavaliers fans salivate when they hear the name Sasha Pavlovic, who led Cleveland to a 124-97 drubbing of Golden State. Pavlovic scored a career-high 24 points filling in for James, who, according to NBA.com, is "rested his smarting toe."