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Mavs honor Harper, fall to Knicks, 100-96

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Mavs honor Harper, fall to Knicks, 100-96

Despite falling, 100-96, to the New York Knicks, Dallas’ Derek Harper was immortalized into the franchise’s lore on Sunday night. He received the honor with one of his former team, the New York Knicks, in attendance.

At halftime, Derek Harper had his No. 12 lifted up to the rafters of the American Airlines Center to join Brad Davis (15) and Rolando Blackman (22) as the only Dallas Mavericks to have their number retired.

Harper is the franchise’s leader in assists and steals.

Concerning the game at hand, Dallas again staged a last-minute comeback after allowing their opponent to get off to a scorching offensive start.

After trailing by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, Dallas, for the third time in as many games, began to make a late-game charte. They cut the lead to six, 90-84, on a layup by J.J. Barea and a Devin Harris 3 tied it at 92-92 later in the frame after two clutch free throws by Salah Mejri brought Dallas to within 92-90.

Two free throws from Kristaps Porzingis put New York up, 94-92, but Harrison Barnes answered with a game-tying jumper. Dallas had a chance to take the lead after a Porzingis air ball, but the alley-oop attempt from J.J. Barea to Dwight Powell was off the mark. Jarrett Jack followed the miss with an acrobatic shot to put the Knicks up, 96-94, with 31 seconds left.

Barea had a chance to give Dallas the lead, but his 3-point attempt was off the mark and Courtney Lee went 2-of-2 from the line to give New York a 98-94 lead with 17 seconds left. Barnes missed another attempt from deep and the Knicks wrapped it up from the line.

Two days removed from allowing Chicago to start 8-for-8 to start the game, the Knicks shot 73.7% (14-of-19) to the Mavericks’ 9-of-24 (37.5%) in the first. Porzingis had 11 of those points to help boost the Knicks to a 33-25 lead.

Dallas locked in defensively in the second period and allowed just 23 points to the Knicks and trailed, 56-52, at the break.

Both teams struggled in the third quarter with the Knicks going 8-of-23 and Dallas 8-of-22.

Despite struggling mightily from deep, Dallas (6-of-24 from deep) was able to stay within reach for much of the night because of their proficiency in getting to the foul line. They finished 20-of-24 from the stripe.

Porzingis finished with 29 points, but Wesley Matthews helped hold him to just 4-of-13 shooting in the final two quarters.

Barnes was the top scorer for Dallas with 25 points. Dennis Smith Jr. had 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Dallas takes on Orlando at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to close out their four-game homestand.


I'm Zack Cunningham, a broadcast journalism major from Abilene Christian University's class of 2008. I've lived in Texas for 28 of my 31 years on this Earth and I've followed the Mavericks since 1998. My first memory of them was the 2001 playoffs and being extremely happy when they beat the Jazz, but sad when they lost to the Spurs in five games in the conference semifinals. However, seeing Dirk drop 42 stands out to me, punctuated by his dunk in garbage time. I covered high school sports for the Cleburne Times-Review from 2008-12 before moving into the tech industry. Most recently, in 2015 covered the Mavericks for the Fanatic briefly before moving to work with Mike Fisher at I am married to my beautiful wife, Jessica, and have been for just over five years now. We live in Carrollton with our dog, Zara, and cat, Drake. I'm looking forward to covering them again this season with the Fanatic!

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