Notes on Tuesday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• The D Is For Dirk!. How's your German? Before long we will all be ruled by Dirk Nowitzki ... his master plan included sacrificing teammate Jerry Stackhouse with two flagrant fouls on Tuesday, and a season-high 38 points. It all meant a 108-105 win by the Mavericks over the Jazz. Stackhouse was ejected at the end of the third quarter. Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining to wrap it up.
• Is There An 'L', Pat? Pau Gasol's 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Miller's 14 points in the third quarter led the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Lakers 128-118. That's right, Grizzlies over Lakers. Memphis scored 42 points in the third quarter, a franchise record.
• San Antonio Keeps On Keeping On. The Spurs just look more and more like they're expecting to still be standing when all of this is over. Not flashy, just incredibly efficient. Tim Duncan's 16 points led San Antonio's 98-84 victory over Portland. Oh, another factor in the Spurs' success? They can knock you down with magic!
• The Artist Currently Known As Prince. So Larry, sure you don't want to step in and coach these guys? It must have seemed like old times for Brown, viewing the game from a luxury box, as Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 33 points and Richard Hamilton had 22 to lead Detroit to a 98-89 win over Philadelphia. Hamilton scored his 10,000th career point in the second quarter.
NOTE: Check out MSNBC's NBA home page. Notice antything odd this morning?
Update: They've fixed it, obviously.