Nowitzki beats buzzer, topping Melo's 44

Dirk NowitzkiNowitzkiCarmelo Anthony scored a game-high 44 points, but it was Dirk Nowitzki with the last laugh, getting a shooter's bounce to beat the buzzer in the Dallas Mavericks' 110-108 win against the New York Knicks on Monday.

The buzzer-beating field goal was the third for Nowitzki in the past 12 seasons. His first came on Jan. 19, 2009 against the Philadelphia 76ers. And his last one prior to Monday was on Nov. 16, 2009 against the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime.

It's the first buzzer-beater for a visiting player at Madison Square Garden since Kevin Garnett beat the buzzer on Nov. 22, 2009 in a Boston Celtics victory.

Nowitzki finished with 15 points on 6-of-13 from the field - but his game-winning field goal accounted for his only fourth-quarter points.

Nowitzki's heroics overshadowed yet another high-scoring performance from Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reached the 40-point mark for the third time in his past four games. It was his fifth game with at least 40 points this season, behind Kevin Durant's nine.

Over the past two seasons, Anthony has reached the 40-point mark five times in games his team ultimately lost. That's the most such games in the NBA over that span.

Three of those games have been this season. In fact, just one player in Knicks history has had more 40-point games in a loss in a single season.

Most 40-Pt Games In A Loss In Single Season
Knicks History

Seven of Bernard King’s 40-point games in the 1984-85 season were in losing efforts.

Anthony actually started slowly Monday, finishing with nearly as many turnovers (three) as he did points (five) in the opening quarter.

But over the next two quarters, Anthony combined for 31 points with just one turnover. He added eight points in the fourth quarter to round out his 44-point effort.

Anthony is averaging 41.3 points per game in his past four games. In February, he’s averaging 32.5 points, good for third in the NBA this month behind Kevin Love and Durant.

With the loss, the Knicks have dropped three straight, and now sit seven games back in the loss column behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.