Dallas Mavericks defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-109

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks for their own reasons obligingly countered the absence of suspended Timberwolves star Al Jefferson by resting All-Star Jason Kidd on Wednesday night during their 112-109 victory at American Airlines Center.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called it a preventative decision that shouldn't be misconstrued as disrespect for the night's opponent.

Yeah, right, tell the Wolves that.

Kidd watched on a night his team persevered and extended its ...

Not that long ago, Darko Milicic ate hamburgers in the locker room before games because he knew there wasn't a prayer he'd play for the New York Knicks that night.

Wednesday night, he is expected to start at center for the Timberwolves at Dallas while starter Al Jefferson serves a two-game team suspension because of his drunken-driving arrest last weekend.

"That's what happens in this league," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said.

Milicic wore the black starter's jersey ...