Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Monday, January 12th
Mavericks127Final
OT
Knicks121
Game 2: Tuesday, February 10th
Knicks90Final
Mavericks105

Mavericks 127

(21-16, 5-13 away)

Knicks 121

(15-24, 9-11 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, January 12, 2004

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 34 34 33 14 12127
    NY 25 29 32 29 6121

    Top Performers

    Dal: S. Nash 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    NY: S. Marbury 38 Pts, 3 Reb, 14 Ast, 1 Stl

    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."

    Antoine Walker
    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    NY
    Points 127 121
    FGM-FGA 50-101 (.495) 48-93 (.516)
    3PM-3PA 12-29 (.414) 10-26 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 15-17 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 11-45
    Assists 30 24
    Turnovers 8 15
    Steals 9 3
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 7 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    New York
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Stephon Marbury Marbury
    Points: 38
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0