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January 11, 2008 7:49 PM

Dallas game thread

Posted by Jayda Evans

GO HAWKS: Fans are leaving the building with the Sonics down 88-67. As they pass the press table, some are screaming "SEAHAWKS" or "Go Hawks!" in anticipation of tomorrow's playoff game. The Mavs, meanwhile, are shooting 40.3 percent and winning --not an easy feat in the NBA.

POOR SHOOTING: Neither team is really shooting that well, but the Supes shooting 33.3 percent from the field is not helping. The starters aren't generating anything. Durant has 10 on 3-for-11 shooting while Watson just checked out with four points on 2-for-9 shooting and just one assist. The Mavs are shooting 38.3 percent from the field and lead 66-48 at the end of the third quarter.

BOO!: I thought no halftime performance could get worse than this trombone guy that played to an array of music while dancing badly, but in this area the Supes actually topped themselves. They brought out this horn guy that wore 28 horns strapped to his body and tried to amuse the crowd with his flashback sounds. Everyone booed -- a first for a halftime performance at the Key.

SCORING DROUGHT; The Supes went on a three-minute scoring drought and lacked on the defensive end in the closing minutes of the opening half to fall behind 44-35 at the break. Wally was hot in the second quarter, making all four of his attempts for 10 points. Nowitzki (14) and Howard (12) lead Dallas, which is riding a five-game win streak.

KITNA SIGHTING: Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna is in the crowd, too.

MINI RUN: The Supes bench has helped the team go on a 7-0 spurt to pull within 28-27 of the Dallas lead in the second quarter. Wally Szczerbiak capped the stint with a three-pointer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It's Damien Wilkins' birthday today, he's 28. Want to know how the day started? At the dentist office having gum removed from an impacted wisdom tooth. Nice. "it's been a while since I've been in that type of pain," he said.

A LITTLE PEP: Seems Johan Petro is continuing his solid play in the absence of Wilcox. The Supes only trail 18-16 at the end of the opening quarter and Petro sent a nice message to Nowitzki, giving him a hard foul when the German tried to float into the lane for a layup. Only problem was Petro apologized to Nowitzki afterward. Somewhere in Florida Danny Fortson is shaking his head.

DOWNTOWN: Downtown Freddie Brown is in the house, sitting courtside with family. Slick Watts was here, too, but his grandson demanded to go home during pregame, so they left early. Sonics are up 10-8 in the first quarter.

WILCOX OUT: Weezy is going to spend at least one more game on the sideline healing his right pinkie. It's his shooting hand and he feels pain when he catches and shoots. Wilcox is hopeful he'll be able to return for Monday's game against the Lakers. Team could use him tonight against a tough Dallas squad, though.

Here are tonight's starters and officials:

F Jeff Green
F Nick Collison
C Kurt Thomas
G Kevin Durant
G Earl Watson

F Josh Howard
F Dirk Nowitzki
C Eric Dampier
G Eddie Jones
G Devin Harris

The officials are Joe Forte, Derrick Stafford, and Sean Wright.

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