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Friday, November 9, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 104, Mavs 94

By Ian Begley



WHAT IT MEANS: For the first time this season, the Knicks found themselves in a close game in the fourth quarter. But the end result was no different than their previous three games -- they walked off the floor with a double-digit victory.

The Knicks beat the Mavericks on Friday night 104-94 and are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 1993-94 season. All four wins have been by double digits.

They were led by Carmelo Anthony's 31 points. J.R. Smith added 22 points and Ray Felton had nine assists.

The Knicks, who had won their first three games by an average of 19 points, led by just four with seven minutes to play on Friday. But Anthony drilled a 3-pointer and the Knicks led by at least seven for the rest of the way.

ANCHORED BY ANTHONY: Anthony had 19 points in the first half to help the Knicks keep pace with Dallas. He had seven of those 19 during a pivotal 10-3 run in the second quarter.

Mike Woodson's club had its worst defensive quarter of the season in the second. The Knicks gave up 34 points and allowed Dallas to hit 12 of 22 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc but trailed by just two at the half.

SMITH SIZZLES: Anthony went to the bench with 7:35 to go in the third after picking up his fourth foul, but Smith picked up the slack. The Knicks' sixth man had nine points on 3-for-5 shooting in the third as the Knicks outscored Dallas 29-21 in the third and took a six-point lead into the final period. Smith finished with 22 points and went 3-for-3 from long range.

CAMBY DEBUT: Marcus Camby made his season debut for the Knicks on Friday. He missed the first three regular-season games and the entire preseason with a calf injury. Camby played eight minutes and had two points and four rebounds.

Camby's presence forced Woodson to sit either Kurt Thomas or Rasheed Wallace. Not surprisingly, the coach decided to sit Thomas and used Wallace as his first big man off the bench. Wallace had another solid night as he continues to work his way into playing shape. The 38-year-old had six points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.

SOMETHIN' BREWIN': Ronnie Brewer made just 19 3-pointers last season in Chicago. In his first four games in New York, he has hit seven. The starting small forward knocked down two 3s against Dallas and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Credit Knicks shooting coach Dave Hopla for helping Brewer with his form in the preseason.

D-LISH: The Knicks gave up 90 points for the first time this season but got stops when they needed them most. They held Dallas to 13-for-37 shooting in the second half. O.J. Mayo, though, torched the Knicks for 23 points. He hit 5 of 10 from beyond the arc.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks have three days off between games. They hit the road Tuesday for a three-game trip, which starts in Orlando. They then have a back-to-back against San Antonio and Memphis on Thursday and Friday.