Rapid Reaction: Mavs 110, Knicks 108
February, 24, 2014
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- If you’re Carmelo Anthony, this one has to hurt.
Dirk Nowitzki knocked down a jumper over Anthony at the buzzer to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 110-108 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night. Nowitzki’s shot over Anthony bounced off the rim and in to hand the Knicks one of their most excruciating losses of this forgettable season.
Anthony, who had 44 points, stood in stunned disbelief after the shot.
The Knicks fought back from a six-point deficit with 1:20 to go thanks to a three-point play from Tyson Chandler and clutch 3-pointer from Anthony. They had a chance to take the lead with less than 10 seconds to play, but their final possession was a disaster, resulting in a 24-second violation.
Dallas got the ball back with 9 seconds to play, isolated Nowitzki at the top of the key and let him go to work. After several ball fakes, he shot over Anthony, who played him straight up.
The buzzer-beater left the Knicks (21-36) with nine losses in their past 11 games. They are six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and a season-worst 15 games under .500.
Can’t blame Melo: If there’s been one constant throughout the Knicks' forgettable season, it’s that Anthony has come to play night in and night out.
Anthony did all he could for the Knicks on Monday, pouring in his 44 points on 14-for-29 shooting. He nearly single-handedly brought the Knicks back from two separate six-point deficits in the final three minutes.
Anthony hit 7 of 12 3s, pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists. He has three 40-point games in the Knicks' last four games.
No support: Once again, Anthony didn’t get enough support from his teammates. The Knicks failed to get stops when they needed them most. Dallas hit 48 percent from the field and made 45 percent of his 3s through three quarters.
J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. shot a combined 11-for-26 and went 3-for-14 from beyond the arc. Knicks coach Mike Woodson inserted Amar'e Stoudemire into the starting lineup, but the power forward didn’t provide a huge spark. He had nine points in 20 minutes and the Knicks were outscored by eight when he was on the floor.
Sloppy affair: The Knicks were incredibly loose with the ball on Monday. They had eight turnovers in the first quarter as Dallas took a 14-point lead. They finished the game with 21 turnovers. Dallas scored 25 points off of turnovers.
Watch out, Woody! As if the season hasn’t been tough enough for Woodson, the Knicks coach was struck with a Mavericks inbounds pass from the opposite sideline late in the third quarter. Woodson, whose job security has been a hot topic around the Knicks all season, laughed off the mishap.
What’s next: The Knicks will have two days to prepare for the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday night in Miami. They complete a tough back-to-back with a home game Friday against the Golden State Warriors.
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