The Scoop:Crowder appeared in 56 consecutive games to begin the season but his 32.3 percent shooting from the perimeter isn't helping his case for playing time. "There are no doghouses around here," said Carlisle. "You got to be ready because your number could be called at any time." Even if Crowder does regain a foothold in the rotation, he's not a fantasy option.
The Dallas Mavericks shot really well, finishing 40-79 (50.6%) from the field, including 13-27 (48.1%) from beyond the arc, in a blowout 107-88 win over the Orlando Magic. Dallas (23-16) is now on a three-game winning streak. Monta Ellis put up 21 points on 8-18 shooting from the field (1-3 from behind the arc) and 4-5 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Dallas were Dirk Nowitzki with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Wayne Ellington with 12 points and 6 rebounds.