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Marbury notches 38 points, 14 assists

NEW YORK (AP) -- Allan Houston stood near midcourt defending
Michael Finley, repeatedly glancing over at coach Don Chaney to see
whether he should foul.

Precious seconds ticked away before Houston finally committed a
foul, and the crowd at Madison Square Garden went ballistic.

A chant of "Fire Chaney!" filled the arena once again as the
New York Knicks, after rallying from a 20-point deficit in the
second half, lost to the Dallas Mavericks 127-121 in overtime
Monday night.

"It was bad communication. I'll take the blame for that,"
Chaney said after the Knicks lost for the fifth time in six games.

About the only thing as stunning as New York's comeback was the
speed with which the fans turned on Chaney on that play. With
Dallas leading 123-119, Penny Hardaway missed a 3-pointer and Kurt
Thomas committed a loose ball foul with 28.5 seconds left.

Dallas inbounded to Finley, who crossed midcourt and held the
ball waiting to be fouled.

"I don't know if they knew the circumstances or the clock
differential or what have you," Finley said. "In the heat of the
moment sometimes you lose focus of those things."

A total of 11.5 seconds ticked off before Houston finally fouled
him, and Finley made both shots to wrap up the Mavericks' first
road victory against an Eastern Conference team this season.

"I wasn't really thinking like I should have," said Houston,
who said he was as much to blame as Chaney. "I got a mental block,
honestly, because I thought we may have been down three, and I
didn't look on the clock. I was kind of waiting on someone telling
me to foul, and I should have been aware.

"I should have known we were down four. That's really my fault
for waiting until the ball got that far, and here I am looking at
everybody when I should have fouled him."

In a thrilling game that featured a six-point comeback by the
Knicks in the final 10.7 seconds of regulation, the Mavericks got
huge efforts from five players to overcome Stephon Marbury's best
game since joining the Knicks.

Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Nash added 28
points on 12-for-16 shooting, Finley scored 25, Antawn Jamison
added 23 and Antoine Walker had a triple-double with 14 points, 12
rebounds and 11 assists.

Marbury had 38 points and 14 assists, with his biggest plays
coming at the end of regulation. First, Marbury drew a foul on Nash
while attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to cut
the Mavs' lead to 115-112.

Marbury then deflected Walker's inbounds pass to cause a
turnover, and Houston hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 6 seconds
left.

"The Garden elevates my game and brings a lot of things out of
me," Marbury said.

Nowitzki hit a jumper and Nash came up with a steal and layup as
Dallas scored the first four points of overtime, and the Knicks
never caught up.

Houston finished with 29 points for the Knicks on a day when
Isiah Thomas all but ruled out taking over on the bench this
season, saying it would be "impossible" for him to be both team
president and head coach. Thomas also would not commit to keeping
Chaney as coach.

"This is sports. Those types of broad statements are just not
realistic in the sporting world we live in," Thomas said.

Dallas improved to 5-13 on the road, 1-5 against the East.

"We haven't been playing too well on the road, and we knew this
was a different Knicks team than started the season," Jamison
said.

With the Mavericks picking apart the Knicks' zone with precision
passing, Walker got his 10th assist with 7:27 left in the third
quarter. His 11th assist came moments later on a wide-open 3 by
Finley for an 89-69 lead.

Marbury kept the Knicks within striking distance practically by
himself, scoring 18 points in a third quarter that ended with
Dallas ahead 101-86.

A putback by Kurt Thomas capped a 16-2 run and pulled the Knicks
to 103-102 with 5:40 left, but the Knicks weren't able to tie it
until Houston made his 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining. Nowitzki
missed a 17-footer at the end of regulation.

Game notes
Hardaway made his first start for the Knicks, replacing
Keith Van Horn (bruised kneecap). Van Horn is day-to-day. ...
Mavericks guard Tony Delk rolled his left ankle during the second
quarter and did not return.