The Dallas Mavericks strolled into Madison Square Garden sitting pretty with a 4-1 record and loads of confidence. Mavs certainly have not been playing like a team that was missing their two best players. Although tonight, they could have used them in the lineup.
The New York Knicks were the lone undefeated team in the Association with a 3-0 record. Two members of the Mavs’ championship team are playing in this game and both play for the Knicks. Awkwaaaaard.
On to the game…MAAAYYYOOOO! The young lad was doing his thing scoring at will like always. Draining 3’s at 50% clip like always. Getting to the rim like always. Getting in foul trouble…not like always. Blah. About 8 minutes into the 2nd he picked up his third foul and had to sit. Game changed immediately following this. And not in our favor.
Carmelo Anthony is a beast. A real beast. Actually my 2nd favorite player behind LeKing (I know I know). We all know Melo is going to score. But without Marion in the lineup? Yikes. Melo scored 19 by the half and ended up with 31 total. Lots of big buckets in the 4th but that’s what he does night in and night out.
Collison was ineffective with only 4 points on 1-8 shooting. Not a good night. The lone bright spot was the big man play. Kaman and Wright combined for 23 points and 11 boards. Stellar defense was played between the two but the Mavs defense in general came to a crashing hault in the 4th. Final score 104-94 Knickerbockers to remain undefeated. I like to keep these recaps short and sweet on losses. Hopefully not too many more of these.
MAVS COMMITTED TWENTY (20) (10*2) (5*4) (37-17) TURNOVERS! I do not approve and will leave it at that. Just do better. Thanks!
On to the next one, which is tomorrow night in Charlotte against the seemingly imoroved Bobcats. W please.
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