Knicks Fall to Mavs, 95-85

Jonah Ballow




How it happened:
Down 19 points early in the contest and 15 to start the fourth quarter, the Knicks rallied late but just fell shy against the defending champs. Dallas avenged its loss to New York at the Garden less than a month ago with a 95-85 victory at American Airlines Arena.

Steve Novak opened the final stanza by drilling a trey and would hit two more to breathe life into the Knicks down the stretch. New York started the fourth quarter on an 15-0 run and snatched the lead, 78-77 at the 4:48 mark behind an Amar’e Stoudemire running hook in the lane. Stoudemire was the Knicks' most effective offensive weapon as he posted 26 points and seven boards in 31 minutes.

Over the next two minutes, the Mavericks rattled off an 11-0 run of their own behind big buckets from Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 28 points.

New York dropped to 18-20 on the season with two more games remaining on the current four-game road trip.

Statistically Speaking:
Novak connected on 50 percent of his 3-point attempts and scored 13 points in 27 minutes of floor time.

Top Knick:
Stoudemire was active early and often on Tuesday night against a formidable frontline for Dallas. The big man had a nice outing by hitting 10-of-18 shots from the floor, grabbing five of his seven boards on the offensive glass, and sinking 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.

News and Notes:
Jared Jeffries did not return from the first half due to a sore knee.

Chandler received his 2010-11 championship ring prior to the opening intros in Dallas. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle delivered some gracious words about the big man and then presented him with the impressive piece of jewelry. The ceremony marked the final ring to be handed out as four other members of the team departed after the season. Chandler received a standing ovation and a gigantic applause when his name was announced before tipoff.

Looking Ahead:
Directly after the contest in Dallas, the Knicks jumped onto a plane and headed south for another matchup in the Lone Star state. In its first back-to-back since the All-Star break, New York will square off against the second best team in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs.

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