The New York Knicks fell to the Dallas Mavericks, 110-108, at Madison Square Garden Monday night.
The Knicks lost the season series to the Mavericks for the 14th consecutive year. (Last series win came in 1999-2000 season).
Carmelo Anthony eclipsed the 40-point mark for the fifth team this season and the third time in the past five games. He’s averaging 41.3 points per game in the past four games, but the Knicks are just 1-3 during that stretch.
Aside from Anthony, three Knicks scored in double figures (Tyson Chandler, Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith). Only Chandler had a double-digit rebounding total.
The loss drops the Knicks to 21-36, six games back of the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference.
Sam SpiegelmanDirk Nowitzki didn’t have as eye-popping a stat line as Carmelo Anthony did, but he proved he still has ice in his veins.
After Anthony drained a 3-pointer to tie it up at 108 with 50 ticks remaining, Nowitzki made a 19-foot jump shot to beat the buzzer and lift the Dallas Mavericks (35-23) to a 110-108 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night, the team’s third win in a row
Anthony eclipsed the 40-point mark a third time in the past five games, and his late 3 to tie up was one of his most clutch moments on the year. But Nowitzki’s timing was just a little better.
Anthony scored a game-high 44 points and hauled in nine rebounds, and is averaging 41.3 points per game over the past four. The Knicks, though, are 1-3 during that span.
Tyson Chandler had a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds), while Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith combined for 25 points on 11-of-26 shooting and 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. Smith and Raymond Felton shared the team lead with seven assists.
The loss dropped the Knicks (21-35) to six games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and to 12-18 on their home floor. The road ahead doesn’t look all too bright either. The next three games are against playoff teams, beginning with the Miami Heat and then onto the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls.
A familiar foe in Vince Carter led the Mavericks with a team-high 23 points, while Monta Ellis had 22 and Jose Calderon added 20. Nowitzki finished with 15 points on the night.
The win keeps Dallas in the No. 7 slot in the West, a 1/2 game behind the Golden State Warriors and a 1/2 game ahead of the Phoenix Suns.
The Knicks travel to South Beach to face the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday at 8 p.m.