*Lower back tightness took Brendan Haywood out of the game after just seven minutes. The Mavs had no choice but to go with a small lineup. One working formula included J.J. Barea and Roddy Beaubois in the backcourt with Jason Kidd effectively playing small forward. It was remiscient of last season when Barea, Kidd and Jason Terry were on the floor together.
*Beaubois has scored 17 and 22 points, respectively in the past two games, whille making 15-of-23 field goals, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line. He might have won himself the interim sixth-man role, coming off the bench as the shooting guard in Terry's absence. Beaubois is the first Mavs rookie to score 20 points since Maurice Ager scored 20 at Golden State on April 17, 2007.
*Beaubois and Barea combined to play 54 minutes Friday night and had just one turnover between. Barea did not turn it over in 30 minutes, finishing with eight points and seven assists.
*If the Mavs continue to rack up wins down the stretch, is Nowitzki an MVP candidate? His 31-point, 12-rebound performance Friday is not an unsual stat line. It was his 14th double-double of the season and 16th 30-point game and his fourth in the last six games. Nowitzki also had three assists and three blocks against the Kings.
*Over the last two games, the Mavs are shooting 94.4 percent (34-36) from the free throw line. When coach Rick Carlisle was ejected with 6:37 to play in the second quarter, arguing for a foul to be called on Nowitzki's drives to the basket, the Mavs had not shot a free throw. They ended the first half with just one attempt. They finished 17-of-18.