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Second-Half Slump Proves Costly For The Mavericks In New York

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It was a very sloppy game at times in the Big Apple and far from pretty for either team. The New York Knicks were able to capitalize on a cold third quarter for the Dallas Mavericks and went on to win 93-77.  The Knicks (4-6) caught a break as Dirk Nowitzki was ruled out just before the game and Deron Williams still being sidelined.

 

The Mavericks (2-7) shot just 38.6 percent from the field and a lowly 17.9 percent from the three-point line. Harrison Barnes was held in check, after missing his first three shots, he would then make the next four. The Knicks would then switch up there defensive and Barnes shot just 3-for-10 for the remainder of the game. 

 

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 24 points, Anthony would score 17 of his in the third quarter after shooting 1-for6 in the first half. When the Mavericks went smaller to start the second-half, the Knicks countered by benching Joakim Noah and starting Justin Holiday. The move was the deciding factor as the Knicks would score 31 points in the third after only scoring 36 in the first-half. 

 

Top Performances

Mavericks: 13 offensive rebounds

Harrison Barnes: 20 points (8-17 shooting), 4 rebounds

J.J. Barea: 17 points: (8-16 shooting), 4 assist 

 

 

Up Next:

 

The Mavericks will be back on the floor Wednesday night to take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. After working up a solid sweat during pregame against the Knicks, there is a likely chance Dirk finally returns. 

 

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