Final: Knicks 92, Mavericks 80

The Knicks finished their Texas road trip with a 92-80 win against the Mavericks.

The Least You Should Know

With the win, the Knicks are 2-9 against Western Conference teams, with both wins comings during this three-game road trip.

The Knicks broke a string of three road losses against the Mavs in Dallas.

The Knicks finished their Texas road trip 2-1.

Center Tyson Chandler left Sunday night’s game with an upper respiratory illness.

Sam Spiegelman

The Knicks (11-22) rounded out their three-game Texas road trip with a 92-80 win against the Mavericks (19-15).

The Knicks raced out to a 29-point first quarter en route to an eventual 52-35 halftime advantage. Despite a less-than-stellar third period, the Knicks were able to hold onto the victory.

In spite of the trade rumors, Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kenyon Martin added 14 points and six boards off the bench, and Andrea Bargnani went 13-6. In all, five different Knicks scored in double-figures.

It was a tough shooting night for Dallas, which shot 41 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Monta Ellis and Samuel Salembert each added 13.

Tyson Chandler left the game in the first quarter with an upper respiratory illness, but the Knicks were still about to out-rebound the Mavs 47-34. Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire shared the team lead with seven, but Bargnani, Martin and Iman Shumpert each grabbed six.

Ball movement also played a major role in the win. Beno Udrih led New York with eight assists, while the Mavericks starters combined for 10 total.

103 comments
jjokerman
jjokerman

I like JR, but he is a bonehead. Needs to grow up. The Guy has talent,But his head is elsewhere most of the times. Play THJ more Of JR mins. Let JR watch from the bench.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

I didn't get to see the game but I surely do luv the results.   I for one surely thought this would be a 3 game disaster with our only best chance to take 1 of these games would be Dallas because they have Vince Carter.

We went 2-1 as Melotstats and a another person here stated and I'm totally happy about that because we had a chance to win a 3.  It's great to be so wrong here.

Now if we can put together a 2 game + winning streak and play better at home, it would be a major improvement.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

So did Chris smith really bother some of the guys on the team???

johneco
johneco

Has anyone else noticed that the Knicks never seem to break out of a slump at home?

The garden crowd can be an awesome weapon when the team is rolling, but they are not supportive when the team is in a slump.  It's kind of sad.

zebeto
zebeto

I just ate some major "crow"........thought we were gonna lose all 3 on this texas trip (by blowouts too)........

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...never felt so good to have been so wrong .

zippo
zippo

these last three games are the knicks we thought we would have this season lol...really good to see shump smiling

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

When Beno gets quality minutes he gets the offense going and gets a lot of assist.  Beno is a very serviceable back up PG.  He is a better PG than Prig.  Prig is more savvy and a better defender.  But, Beno actually gets in the lane and creates shots for his teammates...something every NBA PG should be able to do.  Prig is a 2nd passing guard (like Kidd last year), but does not have true NBA PG skills!! 


Now, I see why Beno played so well at the end of last season.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

OT:

I really do hope that Prigs and Felton take minutes away from JR.

The dude can hit shots yes, but right now his struggles are flat out killing this team, and he's done very little to earn all the minutes the coach is giving him.

Prigs brings smarts and D to the floor, Felton brings a steady and and more dribble penetration. Intsead of cutting of Murry's minutes (you know that's what's gonna happen), shave off Beno's, a bunch of JR's, and spread them through Felton and Prigs.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Denver ready to unload Miller, what's his contract?

knickfan2
knickfan2

Ian Begley @IanBegley about 30 minutes ago The #Knicks outscored their opponents by a combined 29 points over the last three games when Iman Shumpert was on the floor.

ds2488
ds2488

The Knicks have found something these past 3 games.  The most important thing has become the improved guard play.  Shump is finally hitting shots, Beno is doing a serviceable job at the point, and Timmy and Toure are really bringing something.  With Shump, Toure, and Timmy that gives us speed, height, and athleticism in our backcourt.  If JR ups his game that's not a bad backcourt.  


I'm curious to see what the "coach" does once Pablo and Ray get back.  A lot of people looking to play minutes.  





ponzies86
ponzies86

What in the world is JR doing playing more minutes then Tim Hardaway jr??? Timmy is top 3 in rookie stats this season. Woodson seriously needs his head examine!

ponzies86
ponzies86

Good win for the Bockers, The chemistry is looking better and better. Now lets go on a mini winning streak!

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

3 good games.  Unfortunately, it won't erase the previous 30.  But it has to start somewhere and just the effort alone has looked better than it has all season up to this point.

akamarb
akamarb

PREDICTION

we will be #1 in atlantic by mid february 

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@OLD_KNICK Most often, coaches don't knock other coaches and he saw the Knicks up-close in one game and scouting snippets of other games. He doesn't have the continuity of watching the entire season. So he is basing his remarks on a "snap-shot" rather than the entire "movie."

franktkb
franktkb

I hadn't looked at that.  Very interesting.  

zippo
zippo

@VerySilentJay VERY

johneco
johneco

@zdiddy4nyk Beno is our best PG at running the offense.  But he's a huge liability on D, the worst on our team.  He tries but feets just don't move

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

I love Murry's energ and defense! Only problem is he's not an nba pg. He cannot run the offense smoothly especially if a little pressure is applied. He doesn't run the p/r particularly well, and he is not a great shooter. JR should lose minutes to Shump, THJR, Ray, and Pablo but I'm not ready to put Murry in that category just yet. 10 minutes per game for hounding defense is good for me.

knick4life
knick4life

Jay, other than Melo, JR is the only Knick who can create his own shot. He is awful right now, but they need him long term. Like Shump I think they just have to ride it out. JR is streaky man. Last year was the exception.

Jaime
Jaime

@VerySilentJayand there is the problem in all this.


Woodson refuses to take minutes away from 2 players: Shump and JR.  Now, Shump was a slump but he's still our best perimeter defender.  But JR?  Nah.  No reason to play him 33 minutes a game. 


Scale JR's minutes back a bit and give them to Prigs.  Felton shouldn't play 30 minutes either, so give a good chunk of those 30 minutes (only 15 minutes) to Beno and Tourre.  


But no...JR will not lose minutes.  Felton won't lose minutes.  Even though Murray, Beno, Prigs, Shump, and Timmy play better.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Lol , how did he not get punched in the face??

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

That's pretty funny. JR would make a great Globe Trotter.

Tikki
Tikki

@Seth Nadler I think the W's are going to be all over that.  Iguodala's been taking on backup PG duties for them.

rico
rico

Miller makes about 4.9 million and then his contract is done. How bout JR for Miller? Thecontracts work but denver knows better.

rico
rico

50 to go, gotta start somewhere, and they have. Let's be quietly confident

johneco
johneco

@Kenny Kaufman Yup.  Murry has never averaged more than 3 assists at any level, including Dev league.  But he manages to not hurt us when he's in.  Love his D.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knick4life Long term, sure. But right now JR isn't creating for himself. You give him 20+ minutes, it's all good, but 40 minutes and JR hurts more than helps, at least at this point in time.

I'm sure he'll find his form, but he has to know that he's of little help, and a strong sign of that is when your coach takes minutes away from you and gives it to players that have earned them.

He's tuning the ball over, and even though he's taking less shots, they're very poor, selection wise. He's not attacking the basket, which is where creating comes from, and his D needs more energy.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Beno has earned the right to get 15-20 minutes a game unless Ray comes back on fire which I doubt!

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

He and Marion are probably friends.

Chris
Chris

@VerySilentJay @knick4life There are 240 minutes in an NBA game. you give 10 guys 20 minutes that leave 40 minutes, play Melo another 15, you still have 25 for whomever. Its really simple