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Scatterhooping: Mavs 115, Bucks 113 (OT)

With a knowing nod to a Dallas-Fort Worth newspaper legend, we're scatterhooping while wondering whatever happened to former Buck and former Mav Pat Cummings ...

That's how you wrap up five games in seven nights. With the entire NBA nation watching this game on NBATV so they could see rookie phenom Brandon Jennings -- a night with only three games on the schedule -- Dirk Nowitzki reminded us all that he's one of the best, most reliable dudes in the league.

The Mavs are 6-23 all-time in The Good Land. Seriously.That just doesn't make sense.

Jennings would have had to go for 35 points and hit a buzzer-beating game-winner to live up to all the hype, but he was more "really solid" than he was "spectacular" on this evening.

But he still made me nervous every time he hoisted up one of those treys in the fourth quarter -- even if several of 'em were ill-advised. ... I'm wondering if Rick Carlisle went to that zone late in the game because he didn't have the confidence that J Kidd, JET or Barea could keep Jennings in front of 'em. That's why I'm clamoring for more Roddy Beaubois -- he got invaluable OT minutes Monday night.

Neighbor Ben says that foreign guy with a facemask is a bad look. I generally concur, but to Ersan Ilyasova's credit, his 4-7 performance from behind the arc made me forget that I initially thought Jim Carey's character from Cable Guy was getting some burn.

The Internet told me that Ilyasova claims to be a "master" of PlayStation 2. Neighbor Ben (my resident video game expert) says that's like being a master of Atari.

Apparently film doesn't exist of that weak-side back screen to free Roddy for the oop.

This was a great last 48 hours for Drew Gooden. He was lively early, and his clutch tip-in to tie it up late gives Dirk a chance to win it at the end. So long as that energy and effort is there, I suppose I can live with some of that shot selection that gives me an ice cream headache -- and I'm having that thought on a night when Gooden goes 9-13 from the floor.

Four seconds into this thing I thought Shawn Marion was going to absolutely annihilate Carlos Delfino. A few seconds later I realized Marion's ankle was going to save Delfino.

And then there was the guy who couldn't stop saying Luc Mbah a Moute ... it really is hypnotic.