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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Salah Mejri's issues with referees: "Sometimes you've got to just keep playing, man. You've got to keep playing through some stuff and at times bite his lip. That's really all there is to it. Sometimes he might get a tough call. Just swallow it and keep competing. When he's out there, he's always playing so hard and usually gives us a great lift off the bench. We want him out there, we love him out there, and he's got to find ways to stay out there."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle shouted "Get the f--- outta here!" when Salah Mejri tried to explain himself after getting ejected for arguing a call. "As I look at it now, he's the only guy that was a negative," Carlisle said, referring to Mejri being minus-2 in 10 minutes during the Mavs' blowout win over the Wizards. "Maybe it worked out all right. Salah and I have a thing going about the officials. He just can't help himself; I think he feels like he can reason with those guys. We're going to continue to work with him."

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Barea: I don't think Wall's teammates like him

J.J. Barea and John Wall had an on-court confrontation during the Mavericks' 98-75 win Monday. Afterward, Wall took a verbal shot at Barea when asked about the incident, and Barea said he doesn't like Wall and thinks Wall's teammates feel the same.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal exchanged trash talk with Dennis Smith Jr. throughout the game but said the Mavs rookie earned his respect. "He's a true competitor. He's an elite point guard. He's going to be one for years and years."

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Mavs soar past Wizards (1:04)
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Robinson: 'We knew we needed to step up our defense' (1:08)
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Dixon after upsetting West Virginia: 'I'm happy for the fans' (0:56)
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TCU takes down No. 7 West Virginia (1:31)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

In the three games since Jaylen Fisher went down with a season-ending injury, Alex Robinson is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 10.7 assists.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

The struggling Wizards just lost by 23 to the Mavericks. It's the 2nd worst shooting night on the season for Washington, as they finished at 30% from the floor...and their 2nd worst point total this season at just 75.

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Dirk's 4-point play (0:22)
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Mejri gets ejected, Oubre Jr. waves goodbye (0:40)
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Smith nails 360 slam (0:26)
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Noi is hot from 3-point line (0:22)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, president of NBA's coaches association, on the Bucks firing Jason Kidd: "Very surprising. Very unexpected. I don't know what to say."

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Baylor is in a similar must-win situation hosting Kansas State. The Bears, like TCU, risk falling to 2-6 in the Big 12 with a loss tonight. Teams do recover from that kind of conference deficit, but not very often. K-State, meanwhile, has won three of four and sits just two spots out of the latest NCAA projection.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Huge game tonight for TCU. As good as they were in starting 12-0, the Horned Frogs still have to win some Big 12 games. A loss to WVU would drop them to 2-6 in the conference, and only one team has ever reached the NCAAs as an at-large that far under .500 in league play.