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Game 58: Mavs at Knicks presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Mavericks vs. Knicks

Dirk Nowitzki drained a clutch game-winner as the Mavs escaped New York with their third straight win Monday night.

NEW YORK — Looking to finish off an unbeaten three-game road trip, the Dallas Mavericks marched into Madison Square Garden with revenge on their minds.

Carrying the momentum of eight wins in their previous 10 games and back-to-back victories at Philadelphia and Detroit by double digits, the Mavericks attempted to avenge a 92-80 home loss at the hands of New York Knicks back on Jan. 5. The Mavs also tried to better position themselves in the Western Conference playoff picture, entering the night with a chance to move into the seventh spot with a win.

The Mavericks (35-23) would then get their revenge, answering a late 8-0 New York run with 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s game-winning jumper at the buzzer to leave the Knicks’ floor with a 110-108 win.

“We’re fortunate,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the win. “We made some errors at the end, but we were able to atone for it because we have one of the greatest players in the history of the game.”

Hoping to cool down Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, the Mavericks tried to get off to a fast start in the opening quarter. The Dallas defense would insure that the Mavs did just that, forcing Anthony and the Knicks (21-36) into nine turnovers during the first period.

Meanwhile, point guard Jose Calderon and sixth man Vince Carter supplied the offense, catching fire from the outside to spark the Mavs to a 31-21 advantage after one.

Getting a lift from his reserves, Carlisle would be pleased to see the lead continue to balloon to 14 in the second stanza behind the play of the Dallas bench. The Knicks then became handicapped as both center Tyson Chandler and big man Amar’e Stoudemire were forced to sit with three fouls apiece.

Still, the Knicks stayed in the game behind an Anthony-led 11-0 run to climb within two. Anthony’s jumper over Carter then briefly gave the Knicks the lead, before Monta Ellis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent the Mavericks into the visiting locker room with a 60-59 edge.

Scoring 14 points off the Knicks’ 12 first-half turnovers, the Mavericks found themselves with the slight lead while being outshot by the home team through two quarters, 57.5 percent to 48.8 percent. The Mavs also overcame Anthony’s 22 points at the midway mark, using 36 combined points from Calderon, Carter and Nowitzki to grab the upper hand.

Behind the backcourt of Calderon and Ellis, the Mavericks continued to keep the Knicks at bay early in the third quarter. However, Anthony would continue to will his team back into the game, single-handedly keeping the Knicks close in the period.

Ellis and Carter then took turns creating a separation on the scoreboard, before Anthony once again brought the Knicks back with a late trey over second-year forward Jae Crowder to cut the Mavs’ lead to 84-82 at the end of three.

“We had a lead and ‘Melo was hot,” Carter explained. “They had a rhythm and we had a rhythm. I felt like we played pretty decent defense, and ‘Melo was hitting tough shots.”

Answering a 3-pointer by J.R. Smith to open the fourth, Carter continued his hot shooting with back-to-back treys of his own to regain the lead. Ellis took it from there, scoring in a variety of ways to answer Anthony at the other end of the floor.

But, after an inability to grab a defensive rebound, the Mavs would see Anthony bring the Knicks within three after a shot from behind the arc with 2:43 remaining. Calderon then rejoined the scoring, draining a corner 3-pointer off an assist by Ellis to make it a 106-100 score with 1:55 still on the clock.

However, again the Knicks answered, getting a three-point play from Chandler inside before Ellis’ turnover led to Anthony’s triple to tie the game at 108-all with 50.3 seconds remaining. Carter then misfired from deep, but the Dallas defense proved to be up to the challenge while forcing the ball back over to the Mavs following a 24-second violation with 10.6 seconds to win it.

Carlisle then drew up an isolation for Nowitzki, who slowly worked against Anthony from above the foul line before getting the roll on his jumper to seize the win.

“Just waited a little too long, and by the time I looked up and jabbed a couple of times the time clock was running down,” Nowitzki said of the sequence. “I didn’t know if I had time to put it down once or twice, so I just hoisted one up over him. The good thing is I’m 7-feet and was able to just see over him. It basically hit the board, every part of the rim, Jerry West over there and came back over. It was an ugly, ugly shot, but I’m glad it went in.

“Once it went up I figured it had a chance, but I wasn’t quite sure where it was going. It actually went in, and I didn’t even feel like celebrating. It was so ugly. I kind of turned around and saw the bench running at me. It was a little disappointing, but I’ll take the win and move on.”

Scoring a season-high 23 points off the bench, Carter led five Mavericks in double figures on 8-of-17 shooting, matching Anthony by also hitting seven of his 12 shots from behind the arc as the visitors knocked down a season-high 15 threes on 36 attempts.

Ellis added 22 points and Calderon pitched in 20 points, adding six assists apiece. Nowitzki also registered 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting, scoring his only two points in the fourth period on the final shot. Meanwhile, Wright recorded 12 points in a reserve role.

“The guys were great,” Nowitzki said while praising the play of his teammates following the 13th game-winning score of his career. “Vince was on fire. Jose was on fire. Monta was making plays off the dribble and getting in the lane. The team was great, and really we should have put the game away a little easier down the stretch. We always make it hard. … The team pulled through. They were great, and that’s why it’s a team sport.”

Anthony led four Knicks in double figures with 44 points on 14-of-29 shooting, adding nine rebounds to boot. The Knicks also outshot the Mavericks, 52.6 percent to 47.7 percent, adding a 41-34 rebounding advantage. But the Mavs scored 25 points off the Knicks’ 21 turnovers, giving up 17 points at the other end off their own 10 giveaways.

“We made some mistakes at the end. We had some bad turnovers and it cost us. But the thing I love about it was everyone kept their composure, kept believing that we were going to win the game and found a way to do it, and we got the ball to the right guy,” Carlisle confessed.

He added: “I thought tonight we were fortunate. I thought New York kind of got the game to their tempo more than we got it to ours. We survived it, which is great, but sometimes winning can be an adversity. And we’ve just got to work to keep an edge, ‘cause each game is massively important to us.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F362-60-20-013402112-24
Dirk Nowitzki, F326-130-53-310132012215
Samuel Dalembert, C222-50-02-455101102376
Jose Calderon, G336-95-83-312360000220
Monta Ellis, G419-222-62-203360042622
Vince Carter258-177-120-012330104623
DeJuan Blair20-00-01-20110000131
Devin Harris140-30-12-20448002202
Wayne Ellington102-31-20-001100002-25
Brandan Wright206-80-00-022400101-912
Jae Crowder00-00-00-000000000-30
Bernard James00-00-00-00000000000
Shane Larkin00-00-00-00000000000
Ricky Ledo00-00-00-00000000000
Gal Mekel00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
41-8615-3613-1611233427531019 110
47.7%41.7%81.3%
New York Knicks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Carmelo Anthony, F4114-297-129-945940143244
Amar'e Stoudemire, F203-50-03-311210024-89
Tyson Chandler, C365-50-02-4391201244-1412
Raymond Felton, G333-42-30-021372023-78
Pablo Prigioni, G283-52-40-003340013-28
J.R. Smith357-161-60-013470042415
Timothy Hardaway Jr.304-102-80-002200013810
Jeremy Tyler50-10-00-003300012-50
Cole Aldrich81-10-00-003300000122
Andrea Bargnani00-00-00-00000000000
Kenyon Martin00-00-00-00000000000
Toure Murry00-00-00-00000000000
Iman Shumpert00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
40-7614-3314-1611304123331924 108
52.6%42.4%87.5%

Dirk at the Buzzer

Dirk Nowitzki gets the kind bounce off the rim and makes the game-winning shot to lift the Mavericks over the Knicks at MSG.

 

Pick-and-Roll Lob

Devin Harris rollls off the pick and lobs it to Brandan Wright for the flush.

 

Ellis at the Buzzer

Dirk Nowitzki finds Monta Ellis who sticks the 3-pointer at the halftime horn.

 

Mavericks vs. Knicks: First half

Dallas leads New York by one-point at the half.

NEW YORK — While they hope not to be distracted by the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, the Dallas Mavericks will face a tall order Monday night when they bid for a sweep of their three-game road trip.

Attempting to avenge a 92-80 home loss to the New York Knicks back on Jan. 5, the Mavericks (34-23) will step into the famed Mecca of Basketball with penalty of confidence after back-to-back wins in Philadelphia and Detroit by double digits. However, despite the Knicks’ sub-.500 record, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says it’s important that his team not get too confident heading into Monday night’s matchup.

“People respect that this is in many ways the basketball epicenter of the world. New York City is big when it comes to basketball, and the fans here are into it. They appreciate it, and this is a special place to play,” Carlisle explained following his team’s morning walkthrough.

“Look, I’m just looking at tonight,” he added while downplaying the Mavs’ eight wins in the last 10 games. “I don’t like looking back. We’ve got to keep working on getting better. This is a team tonight that we’re playing that beat us pretty handily the last time we played them, and so now is not a time to be thinking about how good we feel. We’ve got to bear down and play a hard 48 (minutes) against these guys.”

The Mavs struggled out of the gate the last time they faced the Knicks (21-35), surrendering 15 of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony’s game-high 19 points in the first quarter of the loss. Monday, the Mavs will again be faced with the daunting task of trying to slow down Anthony, who has been on a tear of late while averaging 31.3 points during the Knicks’ 2-8 stretch over the last 10 games.

And with containing Anthony at the top of Carlisle’s to-do list, the Mavs will try to return home with an unbeaten trip under their belt while playing their final road game against the Eastern Conference.

“Right now, he, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the three hardest guys to guard,” Carlisle said with a great amount of respect for Anthony’s scoring ability. “You know, we played against James five days ago and he had a huge game, and this is just as difficult. Carmelo is on a roll, and he’s averaging 36 over the last five games. I mean, it’s a really difficult task.”

Note: The Mavs will now conclude their three-game road trip, touching down in New York for Monday’s matchup against the Knicks. New York leads the season series 1-0 after handing the Mavericks a 92-80 home loss back on Jan. 5. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest and nationally on NBA TV at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

 

 

NEW YORK — Notching consecutive double-digit wins to begin their three-game road trip, the Dallas Mavericks will now bid for a sweep Monday night in Madison Square Garden.

Entering the game’s most famous arena following dominant victories at Philadelphia and Detroit, the Mavericks (34-23) will attempt to finish off their road trip on a high note, looking to also avenge a 92-80 home loss back on Jan. 5 at the hands of the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, the Mavs hope to continue their push towards the playoffs, entering the night with an opportunity to move ahead of Phoenix for the seventh slot in the Western Conference standings with a win.

“Our approach is I think we’re taking it one game at a time,” sixth man Vince Carter said following Saturday’s 113-102 win over the Pistons. “We’re locked in at shootaround, locked into our game plan and doing what we’re supposed to do. And when we do that we’re a much better team.”

He added: “This road trip is very important to us, and I think we got the hard part out of the way. We won the first one, and I think that gave us confidence. … We’re on a two-game win streak on this trip, so why not close it out?”

However, in order to close out their voyage away from home with a win, the Mavericks must first learn from their previous matchup against the Knicks (21-35), when Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 19 points in the first quarter to spark New York to the win. And after scoring just 18 points against the New York defense in the first meeting, 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will look to make himself at home in a gym he’s no stranger to, averaging 29.8 points in his last 11 visits to the Garden and leading the Mavs to eight wins in that stretch.

“It will be great,” Nowitzki said of Monday’s matchup. “You know, [the Knicks] beat us at home when they came through the Texas Triangle. They had a stretch where they played really well. They beat San Antonio, and I watched that game. And then they should have beat Houston the next night. And then they ran through us, and it wasn’t really ever that close. Even though we were kind of there, I didn’t really think we had a chance. I thought they were the better team all night. For some reason they play well against us, so we’ve got to be ready.”

Note: The Mavs will now conclude their three-game road trip, touching down in New York for Monday’s matchup against the Knicks. New York leads the season series 1-0 after handing the Mavericks a 92-80 home loss back on Jan. 5. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest and nationally on NBA TV at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

27 comments
LarryLewis
LarryLewis

The Mavs locomotive steams into Gotham and deploys Batman and Robin to the crime scene. Did I see the buzzer beater bounce off of the Jokers riddle floating in air up in the lofts of  the arena and swish 41. YES SIR..MAVS WIN MAVS WIN......

Oldbutslow
Oldbutslow

Nice win. It's good to be the team winning on a last second jumper for a change. Great game by Wright (except poor rebounding numbers, as usual). With the way Dalembert and Blair are playing, Wright might be working himself into a lot more minutes. And thank goodness for Carter tonight (something I don't say often)!


Also, fantastic to see so many assists and so few turnovers.


It's great to get the win, but there not-so-good things:


1) How did we not kill this team early, given the turnovers?


2) Where is Marion, especially on defense? Maybe he's hurt.


3) Ellis is hurting a lot more than he's helping in recent games. He had almost half the team's turnovers tonight. He is also the reason the Mavs' big early lead evaporated-- the lead had been built on excellent passing and assists, and he lost it almost singlehandedly on bad drives to the basket where he missed layups.


Finally, Dirk won the game but could have won it a lot earlier if he'd hit one or both of his late threes.


Still, excellent win, and it's nice (for me) to be able to praise Vince and Brandon.

BurdMan
BurdMan

congratz...letz go mavz to the final hehehehehehehe

UTA_1
UTA_1

@dallasmavs awesome and great win mavs!!! I jumped up on that last winning shot!!!