NBA Game Summary - New York at Dallas
(Monday, March 10th)
Final Score: Dallas 108, New York 79
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and secured eight rebounds, and the Mavericks manhandled the Knicks, 108-79, continuing New York's nightmares at the American Airlines Center.
Jason Terry tallied 18 points and reeled in five rebounds for the Mavs, who have knocked around the Knicks in eight straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings in Dallas. The Mavericks have triumphed in five in a row and 12 of the last 13 clashes overall with New York.
Josh Howard added 14 points and Malik Allen chipped in with 10 points for Dallas, which has won back-to-back outings. The Mavs have emerged victorious in 14 of their last 15 affairs as the host.
The victory was important for Dallas, as it put the squad one game ahead of Golden State for the seventh spot in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind Phoenix.
"Right now, we're just looking to get into a good rhythm," explained Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson. "We need to play well and try to win as many of these games as we can. Everybody plays the same schedule, everybody plays the same teams. This would be a good time for us to lay some sort of foundation with this basketball team as we move forward."
Zach Randolph recorded 21 points while pulling down 14 boards for the Knicks, who have dropped seven consecutive contests and 18 of their last 22. David Lee donated 14 points, Jamal Crawford contributed 13 points and Fred Jones finished with 10.
This was the second and final matchup of the campaign between the squads, and Dallas completed the sweep. On December 10, the Mavericks downed the Knicks, 99-89, at Madison Square Garden.
Dallas jumped out to a 20-7 lead right out of the gate, and never looked back. Nowitzki highlighted the burst, netting nine points and grabbing three boards. Jerry Stackhouse's slam at the 5:05 mark opened up a 13-point margin for the Mavs.
"They're tough," Randolph said of the Mavericks. "They got out early and got a lot of layups, and pushed the ball down the court and got easy transition buckets."
After 12 minutes of play, Dallas had extended its advantage to 32-15.
The Mavericks ripped off a 16-5 run to start the second stanza, putting the game well out of reach. By the time Howard hit a jumper with 3:44 to go, Dallas was dousing New York, 48-20.
The Knicks cut the deficit to 54-31 at halftime, but it was obvious the once- proud franchise would have to suffer through another embarrassing loss. New York's 31 first-half points and 26.1 percent field goal shooting both marked season lows for Dallas foes in a half.
In the third period, the Knicks actually outscored the Mavs, 27-26, closing the gap to 80-58 with the final frame on the horizon.
Dallas was on top by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter, while New York never came closer than within 22 points of the Mavericks' monstrous lead.
"We're coming down the home stretch now and we can't afford to have a mental lapse, regardless of what the other team is going through," commented Terry. "Our focus is there; we just need to continue to do everything consistently, and that's what has been lacking this year."
The Mavericks improved to 41-23, while the Knicks slipped to 18-46...Dallas welcomes Charlotte and Indiana to American Airlines Center to conclude its current five-game homestand. The squad is 2-1 so far during the stretch, climbing to 27-4 at American Airlines Center...New York, which visits Miami on Wednesday, is a dismal 6-25 on the road...Nate Robinson followed up his career-high 45-point performance with just five points on Monday...Renaldo Balkman left the Knicks' bench at the 7:30 mark of the fourth quarter with back spasms.
03/11 01:26:37 ET