Feb 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
In an incredibly exciting game ending on a Dirk Nowtizki’s game winning buzzer beater, the Dallas Mavericks beat the New York Knicks 110-108 in Madison Square Garden.
During the post game interview with Derek Harper on FSSW, Dirk pleaded to not have the replay shown. If a Dirk shot was incredible, you know it had to be a wild shot. The ball hit the front of the rim, hit high off the backboard and finally rolled in as the buzzer sounded.
Plenty of Help For Dirk:
While Dirk hit the game winner, he only ended with 15 total points. For the second straight game Monta Ellis dominated the fourth quarter with his ability to get to the rim and make plays for himself and his teammates, totaling 22 points and 6 assists. He also came up with some big defensive plays. Jose Calderon added 20, Vince Carter 23, and Brandan Wright had 12. Once again it was a balanced Mavs attack that led the way.
Make It Rain: Both teams shot well from three. The Mavs shot 15-36 while the Knicks shot 14-33. The story from the Mavs side was Vince Carter and Jose Calderon. Carter made 7 of his attempted 12 threes while Calderon was 5-8. Not only were these threes plentiful they seemed to come at just the right times for the Mavs silencing every big run the Knicks made.
The Mavs Defense: Carmelo Anthony once again absolutely dominated the ball for the Knicks shooting 14-29 scoring 44 points. The stat that stands out is his 7-12 from the three-point line. The Mavs D didn’t do a good of job keeping him at bay, giving him too many open shots and opportunities. However, the good news is once again Melo had virtually no help from his fellow starters. J.R. Smith was the second highest scorer for the Knicks with 15.
With all of the close games that have slipped from the Mavericks this year this last second win against the Knicks will hopefully show to be a huge confidence builder that shows yes, believe it or not, they can close games.
The Mavs end their three game road trip versus Eastern Conference teams a perfect 3-0.
Dallas is now 1/2 of a game ahead of the Phoenix Suns for the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Mavs return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night.