Mavericks stumble at Madison Square Garden: Get blown out by Knicks

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks had their six-game winning streak snapped by the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. They just could not get on track as the Knicks rolled to a 108-85 win. Dallas shot just 41.0 percent from the field, and they had 12 turnovers and just 16 assists in the loss.

Superstar Luka Doncic struggled with his jumper on Wednesday night. He finished just eight of 23 from the field, including making only one of his nine 3-point tries. Luka had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals, but it was an off night for the 22-year-old superstar as the Mavs were outscored by 24 points in his 36 minutes on the floor.

Poor shooting and defensive struggles were the stories for Dallas on Jan. 12, but that should do nothing to take away from their six-game win streak. The Mavericks showed plenty of growth over that stretch, and Wednesday was just a stumble.

Dallas Mavericks get blown out by Knicks in New York

RJ Barrett was the star of the night for the Knicks as he finished with 32 points and seven rebounds in 41 minutes of action. The 21-year-old has been playing the best basketball of his career, and he showcased some impressive defense against Luka Doncic on Wednesday night.

The Mavs defensive improvement has been key to jumping back to three games over .500, even after Wednesday’s loss. Dallas has held six of their last eight opponents under 100 points, and those gains are sustainable. Expect the Mavericks to be locked in on the defensive end down the stretch as they attempt to keep climbing in the Western Conference standings.

The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Friday night in Memphis as they face the white-hot Grizzlies. They are hoping Kristaps Porzingis can return from the health and safety protocols for the contest. Ja Morant and company have won ten straight but will be on the second night of a back-to-back after hosting the Timberwolves on Thursday evening. It will be cannot miss Southwest Division clash, so please tune in and enjoy the game.

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