NBA Game Summary - New York at Dallas
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: Dallas 103, New York 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks held off the New York Knicks, 103-101, at American Airlines Center.
Josh Howard added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won four of five. Jerry Stackhouse tallied 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, as Dallas survived a final-second flurry.
Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 26 for the Knicks, who ended a four-game road trip 1-3. Stephon Marbury added 24 points and eight assists, leading the Knicks down the stretch with 18 fourth-quarter points.
"He was terrific," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He just put the team on his back and we milked a situation where he had chances to get to the basket. He kept us in this game."
Down 95-87 with under three minutes left, Marbury sparked a comeback by New York. He first drained a three and then hit another basket to get the Knicks to 95-92 with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Marbury continued his torrid shooting, hitting a pair of free throw and completing a three-point play that would tie the contest at 97-97. Dallas had gotten their two points on a free throw each by Marquis Daniels and Nowitzki.
Daniels then hits a short jumper to give Dallas a 99-97 lead with 1:27 on the clock. Anfernee Hardaway answered with a free throw and Stackhouse hit a jumper to give the Mavs a three-point lead, 101-98, with 55 seconds left.
Crawford, who won Thursday night's game in Houston with a three-pointer at the buzzer, then missed a three with 42 ticks left that would have tied the contest for New York on its next possession.
New York later had one last chance. After Stackhouse missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left, Tim Thomas missed a three from the left corner with two seconds remaining and the ball went out of bounds on the Mavs. On the inbounds, Crawford missed a desperation shot from behind the arc.
Daniels finished with 11 points for the Mavs, who have won five straight at home against the Knicks.
Kurt Thomas ended with 16 points and eight rebounds for New York, which trailed for most of the contest. Tim Thomas had only four points and nine rebounds.
Rookie Devin Harris had 12 points for the Mavs, who led 50-47 at halftime and 70-69 after three. New York held a 28-25 edge after one quarter.
Dallas was without a number of players. Michael Finley (sprained ankle), Erick Dampier (strained hip flexor) and Jason Terry (sprained ankle) all sat out the contest. Backup guard Dan Dickau also missed the game because of food poisoning.
"We had a lot of missing pieces," said Stackhouse. "But we just executed and played to our strengths."
With his 10th rebound of the night, Nowitzki moved passed Sam Perkins for second all-time on the Mavs rebound list. Nowitzki finished the contest with 3,770, surpassing Perkins' 3,767. James Donaldson is the Mavs all-time leader with 4,589...Dallas outscored the Knicks 52-36 in the paints.
11/20 00:44:06 ET