Final Score: Dallas 114, New York 111
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 14 of his season-high 25
points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late surge by
the New York Knicks to earn a 114-111 win at American Airlines Center.
Carter drained 5-of-10 from behind the arc and O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 27
points for the Mavericks, who bounced back after losing to Golden State in
overtime on Monday. Darren Collison added 19 points and seven assists in the
"Tonight my shot felt good and my body felt better," said Carter. "I'm a
little banged up, but at the same time I felt a little better and just let my
In their second loss of the season, Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 23
points, but missed a jumper in the final seconds that would have given New
York the lead.
"They did a good job, especially on that last play," said Knicks center Tyson
Chandler. "I tried to get them off of Carmelo, but they played excellent
defense. They really forced us into some tough shots down the stretch."
In his return to Dallas, New York's Jason Kidd notched a season-best 17
points. He also finished with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
"Dallas has the best fans and this is a great sports town," said Kidd. "A warm
welcoming is always appreciated, but I know they were cheering for us to lose.
It's always good to come back to Dallas."
Chandler and Raymond Felton each recorded double-doubles. Chandler
finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Felton added 18 points and 11
assists in the defeat.
The Knicks carried a 54-49 lead into the second half, but thanks to Mayo's 12
and Collison's 10, Dallas outscored New York by nine in the third to take a
84-80 advantage going into the final period.
The Mavericks created separation just over four minutes into the fourth, as
Jae Crowder and Carter each converted on a pair of threes to give Dallas a 12-
point edge at 100-88.
But after his third three-point play of the quarter, Chandler cut the Knicks'
deficit to 112-109 before Kidd added two free throws to bring New York within
Collison's air ball led to a 24-second shot clock violation, but Anthony's
double-cluch jump shot fell short with 3.3 seconds to go.
Collison then sank a pair of free throws to give the Mavs a three-point lead,
and with no timeouts remaining, Felton miss-fired on a half-court heave.
"Even though the Knicks had a great first half we still knew we had a chance
to still win the game," said Collison. "We knew we were going to come around
and we did and stuck with it tonight."
The Mavericks shot 49.4 percent from the field and connected on 13-of-29 from
long-range. Their 114 points were the most the Knicks have allowed all season.
The Knicks have won in Dallas just once in their last 13 visits ... Troy
Murphy started for Dallas, but did not play in the second half, as he was
battling a respiratory illness. He finished with two points and five rebounds
... The Knicks played just eight players tonight, with six of them scoring in
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