Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, in a display of vintage Dirk, has scored 20 points in the first half, but the Chicago Bulls lead the matinee game in Dallas 56-53 at halftime.
Nowitzki is 8 of 8 shooting, 2 of 2 on 3-pointers as Chicago and Dallas have gone all offense in the first 24 minutes at American Airlines Center.
Each team is blazing from the field, the Bulls at 58.5 percent and the Mavericks at 57.9.
Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer is almost matching Nowitzki. Boozer has 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting and has the YouTube "shot" of the day.
After his drive to the basket late in the first half resulted in a basket and a foul against Dallas, Boozer turned quickly and threw an underhanded punch in the air to celebrate, only to have his fist hit referee Danny Crawford somewhere in the torso, and possibly in the "Kansas" region.
Crawford was smiiing, somehow, and finished walking to the scorers table to make the foul call after Boozer quickly asked if Crawford was all right.
-- Vince Langford