MAVERICKS 114 KNICKS 111 | AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA
How it happened:
Just when it looked like the Knicks would ride their long ball shooting to another win, the Mavericks decided to beat them at their own game. Dallas scored 35 third quarter points while O.J. Mayo scored 12 of his 27 points to upend the visiting Knicks 114-111 on Wednesday night.
The Knicks did not leave quietly as the road team cut the Dallas lead to just four points late in the quarter and five points with 2:26 remaining in the game. Former Maverick, Jason Kidd hit a 3-pointer to jump start a run from New York that included several Tyson Chandler old fashioned 3-point plays in the paint. The Knicks even reeled off a 21-12 spurt over the last six minutes to provide a game-winning opportunity for Anthony with 24 seconds on the game clock.
Felton held the ball at the top of the 3-point line before handing the ball off to Anthony near the left side of the arc. Anthony drove towards the baseline and missed a jumper off the front rim that would have lifted the Knicks to an improbably come from behind win.
The combination of Mayo’s 12-point third quarter and Jae Crowder’s explosion from the arc created a deep hole for a New York squad on the second of a back-to-back. Vince Carter was a force off the pine with 25 points, including 14 in the final period.
Anthony finished with a team-high 23 points and six Knicks finished in double figures.
“We let them score too many points. Usually that’s the quarter (third) where we lock-in defensively and get stops and tonight we didn’t do that. We kind of waited a little too late to start getting stops and by that time, we’re fighting an uphill battle. Despite that, we still had a chance to win the basketball game. You know, we take the good from this game, learn from the bad, and move on.” – Carmelo Anthony
Chandler and Kidd showed up in their former building despite the defeat. The Knicks big man scored 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting and he also hauled down 13 boards. Kidd, just one year removed from his departure, posted 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
The 3-point shooting for both teams was incredible as they combined to hit 28-for-60 from deep range on Wednesday night.
The Knicks are headed to Houston for the final contest in the current three-game road trip. On Friday night, the squad will square off against the Rockets after enjoying a Thanksgiving together in Houston on Thursday.