Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Saturday, December 28th
Game 2: Friday, January 24th

Mavericks 101


Knicks 90

(17-24, 12-12 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 29 17 28 27101
    NY 29 24 21 1690

    Top Performers

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    New York: K. Thomas 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mavs earn first win at MSG since 1990

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points for the second straight night and Nick Van Exel made five 3-pointers Friday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 101-90 victory over the New York Knicks.

    Improving the NBA's best record to 34-8 and preventing the Knicks from their first four-game winning streak of the season, the Mavericks outplayed New York in the fourth quarter after the game was tied 74-74 after three.

    Michael Finley added 20 points and nine assists and Van Exel scored 17 for the Mavericks, who won despite a poor performance by Steve Nash. Nash shot 0-for-9 from the field and had his streak of 47 consecutive free throws snapped when he missed a technical foul shot in the first quarter.

    Latrell Sprewell scored 21 and Kurt Thomas added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who were outscored 27-16 in the fourth quarter.

    Dallas won at Madison Square Garden for the first time since Nov. 6, 1990 -- a span that included 10 consecutive defeats. The Mavericks improved to 10-1 on the road against teams from the Eastern Conference.

    Coming off an impressive performance at Philadelphia on Thursday, Nowitzki got off to a fast start with 14 first-quarter points. Sprewell scored 13 in the quarter and Howard Eisley had seven points and six assists as the period ended in a 29-29 tie.

    Thomas, who picked up two fouls in the first 2:50 of the game, stayed out of foul trouble in the second quarter and collected 11 points and five rebounds to help New York to a 53-46 halftime lead.

    The momentum shifted Dallas' way midway through the third quarter when Othella Harrington flagrantly fouled Nowitzki, yanking him down by the jersey. Nowitzki made both free throws and Adrian Griffin scored on a putback as Dallas retained possession, giving the Mavericks a 66-65 lead.

    Van Exel hit consecutive 3s early in the fourth, the second of which gave the Mavericks an 86-80 lead. Finley hit a 12-footer, Bradley scored on a layup and Nash made two free throws for a 92-80 lead with 6:35 left.

    New York came back with a 6-0 run, but 3-pointers by Finley and Nowitzki got the lead back to 12 with 3:16 left.

    Game notes

    New York is 17-24 at the midpoint of the season, one victory better than they were at this point a year ago. ... The Knicks had held their previous five opponents below 100 points, winning four times. ... Nash had a streak of 49 consecutive free throws earlier this season. ... Thomas was twice called for fouls while fighting through picks and had to be restrained by his teammate, Harrington, after it happened the second time. ... Antoine Rigaudeau played 9 unproductive minutes in the second quarter, recording no statistics other than a foul and a turnover. He is 1-for-9 from the field since leaving the Italian League to join Dallas.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 90
    FGM-FGA 34-77 (.442) 37-89 (.416)
    3PM-3PA 9-23 (.391) 8-26 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 24-30 (.800) 8-9 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 14-43
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 9 3
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 3 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 21 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 30
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Kurt Thomas Thomas
    Points: 17
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0