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Monday, February 24, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mavs 110, Knicks 108

By Mike Mazzeo


 
NEW YORK -- Dirk Nowitzki drained a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Dallas Mavericks escaped with a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

How it happened: After the Mavericks lost a 108-100 lead with 97 seconds remaining, Nowitzki bailed them out. His dominance at MSG continues. He scored just 15 points -- none bigger than the final two.

The Mavericks ended up going 15-for-36 from 3-point range. Vince Carter led the way with a season-high 23 points and went 7-for-12 from 3-point territory. Monta Ellis had 22 points, but needed a season-high 22 shots to get there and had two crucial turnovers which nearly cost the Mavericks what looked like an easy victory. Jose Calderon added 20 points.

What it means: The Mavericks (35-23) swept their three-game road trip and improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games.

Play of the game: Early in the second quarter, Brandan Wright and Devin Harris combined on a brilliant screen-and-roll alley-oop in which Wright used his long wingspan to catch the lob and convert a highlight-reel-caliber two-handed slam.

Stat of the night: 44. That’s how many points Carmelo Anthony had, as stretch forwards continue to give the Mavericks trouble. LeBron James had 42, Thaddeus Young 30 and Josh Smith 32 in consecutive games against Dallas.

What's next: The Mavericks return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday.