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The Only Good Thing to Come Out of Yesterday’s Mavs Game

The basketball against the Lakers? Very bad. Honoring Eyrkah Badu on her birthday? Very good.
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This is a photo of Erykah Badu and Kyrie Irving, one of whom is dressed much flashier than the other. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks played a rare matinee against the Lakers yesterday. It went … quite poorly.

Somehow, Dallas squandered a 48-21 second-quarter advantage, which was not only the worst blown lead of Dallas’ season, and not only the biggest blown lead in any NBA game all season (teams had been 138-0 when holding a 27-point edge). It also, according to the ABC broadcast, matched the largest comeback of LeBron James’ two-decade-long NBA career.  

Want more? Of course you don’t, but you’re getting it anyway. They allowed a man named Jarred Vanderbilt to pull down 17 rebounds. Austin Reaves, who looks like an extra plucked from a movie set in 1950s Indiana, tried to punk Josh Green. Luka Doncic was asked to guard the much taller Anthony Davis in crunch time and did so with the effectiveness of a toddler attempting to reach the top shelf of the cereal aisle. Jason Kidd chucked a verbal grenade into the postgame presser and left his players to handle the shrapnel. Some poor sap proposed via the American Airlines Center Jumbotron, only for his beloved to flee the premises!

Not one for the books.

However!

Erykah Badu was in the building—on her birthday, no less—and things can only get so catastrophic with the queen of Dallas music on hand. That’s especially true when, as captured by our own Dorothy J. Gentry, Mavs DJ Poizon Ivy honored her with her very own Mavs jersey

At least someone in town went home happy. Also, I have no idea where she procured that tiger hat, but it’s probably worth more than my car.

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