The Dallas Mavericks stayed close to the undefeated New York Knicks beyond halftime but eventually turned cold and by the end of the game had given the Knicks their fourth straight victory, 104-94. The Knicks are not only undefeated but they have won all 4 games by 10 points or more and all against over .500 teams.
After shooting reasonably well in the first half and leading by two at the break, the Mavericks lost their shot midway through the third quarter while New York continued to find the range. In addition, the Mavs returned to the worst habit of the preseason, turning the ball over 20 times. Combine that with a subpar shooting night and there was no way the Mavs could keep up. The loss snapped a 3-game winning streak.
Carmelo Anthony continued to be Superman East as he put up 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks while Josh Smith added 22 points. Former Mavs Tyson Chandler put in 11 points and 9 rebounds while Jason Kidd had 6 points and 3 assists in just over 15 minutes on the floor.
Dallas was led by O. J. Mayo with 22 points, Vince Carter with 15 and Chris Kaman, who had another nearly-perfect night with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Full report coming up on The Smoking Cuban.