Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 34 points for the Mavericks, who had been playing championship-level defense but became the latest team who couldn't stop Lin.
Also, ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Lin. The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers.
Lollipops and beer
Heat star LeBron James apparently got too close for two young fans' comfort.
James' momentum inadvertently carried him into a row of courtside seats during the third quarter of host Miami's game against the Orlando Magic. As he landed, he tumbled into the seats and atop two young boys.
The boys were not injured, though appeared briefly shaken. James checked on the kids later in the game.
"I just asked them if they were OK," James said. "They were smiling. They had two lollipops in their hands. That's always the cure."
James - who said a beer spilled on his back when he went into the seats - never saw the kids until catching a replay on the overhead video screen.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem nearly went into the same area of stands in the fourth quarter. The boys didn't even flinch that time, as adults around them broke into laughter.
Miami won the game 90-78.
Orlando guard Jason Richardson was a late scratch from the starting lineup with what the team says is chest pain. - Associated Press