The Dallas Mavericks put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 10 possessions while totaling 27 assists, in a close 110-108 win over the New York Knicks. Dallas (35-23) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Vince Carter came off the bench and scored 23 points on 8-17 shooting, including 7-12 on 3-point attempts. Other key performers for Dallas were Monta Ellis with 22 points and 6 assists, and Jose Calderon with 20 points and 6 assists. Carmelo Anthony had another strong game for New York in the loss, scoring 44 points on 14-29 shooting (7-12 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-9 from the free throw line. He also tallied 9 rebounds. J.R. Smith contributed 15 points and 7 assists and Tyson Chandler finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the bottom-tier defense of New York (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.19 points per possession. The Mavericks combined an eFG% of 56.4% with 41.7% 3-point shooting. They are 12-4 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 4-10 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
New York (21-36) has now dropped their last three in a row.
Coming up, the Mavericks square off with the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 23-32 on the season. The Knicks match up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 40-14 this year. The Mavericks came away with a win in three straight games against New Orleans. The Knicks have a 1-1 record against Miami this season.