DALLAS -- Melo-drama will dominate the New York headlines after the Knicks’ trip to Dallas.
Don’t expect Shawn Marion to get much credit in the Big Apple for his defense on Carmelo Anthony, who scored only six points on 2-of-12 shooting. However, this should be remembered as yet another All-Defense-caliber performance by the 13-year veteran who has never received that honor.
“I try to make it uncomfortable for him,” Marion said. “He’s a very talented player, but when you give him different looks and put him in different positions to make him feel uncomfortable, it helps.
“My team has been helping me, too. It wasn’t just me. It’s always some help, but I try to do my best to make these guys take tough shots and crowd them.”
Dominant defensive performances have been the norm this season for Marion, who the Mavs used to guard everything from point guards to power forwards. An exception was the Mavs’ previous meeting with the Knicks, when Jeremy Lin lit up Marion and Co. for 28 points and 14 assists.
Marion didn’t match up with Lin much in the rematch. The Mavs deemed it more important to take away the Knicks’ most accomplished scorer, which Marion did without much trouble.
A few more notes from the Mavs’ win Tuesday night:
1. Jason Kidd’s big game: Kidd isn’t much of a scorer these days, so it’s notable any time he hits double digits. He scored a season-high 15 points against the Knicks, going 3-of-6 from 3-point range. It was just the third time Kidd scored in double digits this season, with the Mavs winning two of those games. The Mavs were 24-6 when Kidd hit double digits last season.
2. Vince Carter’s struggles continue: Carter has one bucket in the last two games. He just never got involved against the Thunder, attempting only one shot in a scoreless 10 minutes. Carter came out aggressive against the Knicks but was just off, scoring three points on 1-of-8 shooting (1-of-6 from 3-point range) in 23 minutes. Rodrigue Beaubois made up for Carter’s lack of offense Tuesday night by scoring 18 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
3. Same ol’ Lamar Odom: This didn’t appear to be a refreshed, re-energized version of Odom, as was the case in his Saturday night return from a 10-day personal leave. Odom had an awful performance, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shooting and grabbing four rebounds in 23 minutes. His final stint on the floor lasted less than a minute, when he missed a 10-foot jumper and committed a careless turnover midway through the fourth quarter before Dirk Nowitzki quickly checked back in. Odom wasn’t available after the game.