Notes on Sunday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• All Stand For The Slovenian National Anthem. The Lakers stopped the unstoppable Dallas Mavericks 101-98 on Sunday, and who provided the difference? Why none other than Sasha Vujacic, of course, who had the game of his life (16 points) including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left. High five! The win ended the glory that was the Mavericks' 13-game win streak. Vujacic entered the game averaging 3.7 points per game for LA. "I'm really happy for Sasha, how well he played tonight," said Kobe Bryant, who scored 26 points — 14 in the fourth quarter.
• Or, As Homer Simpson Calls It, 'America's Wang'. You know, when all of their parts are in place, the Heat aren't half bad. Dwyane Wade returned after a four-game vacation (wrist injury, actually) and scored 33 points in Miami's 93-90 win over Portland. It's about time something went right in Florida.
• Manu Manu! Don't Be Afraid! ... . We have a strong feeling that the Spurs are just hanging around, biding their time and will end up winning the NBA title, mainly because no one talks about them. Without Tony Parker (right hip strain), San Antonio beat Memphis 110-96 behind Manu Ginobili's 34 points.
• Leather Has Been Bery Bery Good To Me. In case you forgot, the Suns are really quite good. Leandro Barbosa (26 points) James Jones (25), and Shawn Marion (24) led a 128-105 win over Golden State.
• I've Got A Spell On You. By now you know that Larry Brown is back with the 76ers as executive vice president (if they'd done that a month ago they could have kept Iverson, probably. Maybe. No?). But bet you didn't know Brown's secret to success. It's hypnotism.