NBA Game Summary - New York at Dallas
(Monday, February 13th)
Final Score: Dallas 100, New York 72
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki led a balanced Dallas attack with 21 points and seven rebounds in Dallas' 100-72 rout of the Knicks, as the Mavericks handed New York its 10th consecutive defeat.
Jason Terry added 15 points and Josh Howard tallied 14 points for Dallas, which won for the 14th time in 15 games.
Erick Dampier totaled 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Keith Van Horn had 11 points and Jerry Stackhouse 10 for Dallas, which shot just 39.7 percent from the field, but connected on 34-of-37 free throw attempts.
"The players challenged themselves to pick it up defensively," Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson said. "We didn't shoot the ball particularly well tonight. We had a good team effort. We had a lot of contribution from a lot of different people."
It was a sharp contrast to the January 11 meeting at Madison Square Garden, when the Knicks won, 117-115, in overtime. Immediately after that, the Mavericks embarked on a 13-game winning streak.
Jalen Rose had 13 points and Quentin Richardson posted 12 points for New York, which is on its worst losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 12 in a row to end the 1984-85 season. That summer the team drafted Patrick Ewing as the No. 1 pick.
The Knicks have lost 16 of their last 17 overall and nine straight on the road. Knicks guard Jamal Crawford missed the game due to a sore lower back and Stephon Marbury sat out again with a left shoulder injury. New York scored just 28 points in the second half.
"It's tough, but not 28 points tough. That's defeat," Richardson said. "I know we had a lot of turnovers, we have a lot of young players. Other than that, we just have to compete and listen to what coach says."
Knicks head coach Larry Brown agreed, losing two of their better guards make it difficult to compete with the elite teams like the Mavericks.
"It's tough, absolutely. We had one assist in the second half," Brown said. "It's pretty painful. They [Mavericks] are great. They are so much better defensively than they have been. They have unbelievable depth. They are so well coached. It was tough."
The Mavericks ended the first quarter on a 17-6 run and never trailed the rest of the night. Van Horn hit two three-pointers in the final minute of the quarter for a 35-25 lead, and Dallas scored the first six of the second.
A 10-2 run later in the second boosted the Mavs to a 51-31 cushion following a Nowitzki jumper, and Dallas was in front 59-44 at the half. The lead grew to 82-59 going into the fourth and the Mavs cruised.
There was a scary moment for Dallas center DeSagana Diop, who took five stitches below his left eye after being elbowed in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth.
Didier Ilunga-Mbenga replaced Diop for the time and had a season-high five blocks in five minutes.
The Mavericks (40-11) matched San Antonio for the top record in the Western Conference, as the Spurs lost at Cleveland Monday...The Knicks shot 35.7 percent and were 19-of-29 at the charity stripe...Eddy Curry had 10 points, while Channing Frye had 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for New York.
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