What it means: Jeremy Lin seems to be wearing down and Carmelo Anthony appears disinterested. Lin finished with 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. He had seven assists and just two turnovers. The Knicks looked like a better team with Baron Davis on the floor, especially in the fourth quarter when they took a brief 78-77 lead when Amare Stoudemire scored on a running hook shot midway through the quarter. Anthony was terrible. He went 2 of 12 from the field and with his team down five, he missed a long jumper that didn’t need to be taken. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has to figure out a way to get the Knicks offense into a better flow and he won’t have much time to do it because his team goes to San Antonio on Wednesday night.
Turning point: Stoudemire’s bucket changed the momentum of the game but the Mavs went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 89-78 lead with 2:27 to play. The Knicks played so much better with a lineup of Steve Novak, Josh Harrellson, Iman Shumpert, Stoudemire and Davis. But D’Antoni had to put Lin and Anthony back in the game and things didn’t go well for the Knicks.
The good: Hard to say. Stoudemire finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. He was active in the post and was moving around the floor trying to get the ball.
The bad: Anthony did plenty of standing around and took only one shot in the fourth quarter. In the early stages of the game, Anthony tired to get involved by attacking the basket, but as the game wore on, he stood away from the plays and jusw became a spectator at times.
What’s next: The Knicks play in San Antonio Wednesday night as part of their four-game road trip. The Knicks have lost their last eight games vs. the Spurs in San Antonio.