Dirk and Tyson Come Up Huge in Mavericks’ Overtime Win
By Brian Gosset
DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points and Tyson Chandler went for 17 points and 25 rebounds as the Mavericks survived a scare and snapped their two-game skid with a 109-102 overtime victory over the Carmelo-less New York Knicks Wednesday night.
J.R. Smith, who had struggled up to this point, hit the game-tying shot with 0.9 seconds left to force overtime, but Dallas outscored the Knicks 14-7 in the extra period while shooting 10 for 15 (field goals and free throws).
Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons helped Dallas go on a 10-0 run to take an 88-83 with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter. Ellis scored six straight to begin the run.
Former Maverick, Jose Calderon would immediately hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Knicks the lead back.
Dallas regained the lead and was up one with 43 seconds left, but Devin Harris missed one of two from the charity stripe to give New York a chance.
Smith took the pass and got the shot off as Al-Farouq Aminu strongly guarded him.
The Mavericks (11-5) started off poorly, trailing 24-19 after the first quarter, but outscored the Knicks (4-12) by nine in the second to take a 46-42 lead into halftime.
Dallas continued its season struggles from behind the arc, going 4 for 31 (13 percent) while the Knicks shot 50 percent (14 for 28). Nowitzki, who scored 11 in the fourth, went 1 for 8 and still remains at 1,499 3-pointers for his career.
Parsons also went 1 for 8, 4 for 14 overall for 13 points, but did some good things not in the box score, such as hustling for loose balls.
Chandler’s 25 rebounds marked a high for any NBA player this season and his career-best while in a Maverick uniform.
Devin Harris, who started in place of Jameer Nelson (back spasms) finished with nine points and a game-high eight dimes. Ellis scored eight while J.J. Barea added 10 off the bench.
Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin all made their returns to Dallas after being traded in the summer for Chandler and Raymond Felton.
Calderon finished with 21 points in just his third game of the season, going 7 for 9 from three and grabbing 10 boards. Seven treys tied his career high. Dalembert only played 25 minutes, but finished with a double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds while Larkin scored three points in 15 minutes.
The Mavericks got a lot of help living in the paint, outscoring New York 50-24 while going +19 from the free-throw line.
Dallas begins a four-game road trip, starting with the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 28. The Mavericks will play the Philadelphia 76ers (Nov. 29), Chicago Bulls (Dec. 2) and Milwaukee Bucks (Dec. 3).