Mavs Rally Pasg Knicks To End Skid • Latino Sports


Mavs Rally Pasg Knicks To End Skid


Dallas stormed back to upset the Knicks Sunday night in OT.

NEW YORK – Trailing for almost all of the first 48 minutes, the Dallas Mavericks stormed back in a big way at Madison Square Garden Sunday night, forcing overtime before using the extra session to close out the Knicks in a 124-114 victory.

The Mavs ended their five-game losing streak on a 19-2 run over the final 7:26, including OT. Meanwhile, the Knicks went cold down the stretch, going 0-for-14 after Quentin Richardson’s basket with 2:28 remaining in regulation that made it 112-105. Dallas, who improved to 3-7, tied it with a furious rally and didn’t allow a field goal in the extra session.

The Mavericks, which are off to their worst start in a decade, were relieved to end the skid. “We just told ourselves stay with it and get some big stops and offensively keep attacking,” said Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, who scored seven of his season-high 39 points in OT and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. “We had to get off this losing streak, so whatever I had to do, the team told me to keep shooting and play aggressively.”

Josh Howard added season highs of 31 points and 14 boards and had a pair of baskets in the extra frame. Nowitzki made two free-throws to open overtime, giving Dallas its first lead since it was 6-4. Shortly later he hit a 3-pointer to quickly push the lead to eight. Dallas never looked back.

The Knicks (6-4) lost their first game of the season when scoring over 100 points. “We could have won the game,” Knicks forward Zach Randolph said. “We had a chance to win the game. But the ball won’t fall for us. There’s nights like this. We’ve just got to keep our head up and keep going.”

Randolph had recorded his eighth straight double-double by halftime and finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds. He became the first Knicks player since Patrick Ewing in 1995 to post eight consecutive double-doubles and the first Knicks player since Bob McAdoo in 1977 to have back-to-back games with at least 27 points and 18 rebounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Richardson added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Duhon and Jamal Crawford scored 16 apiece for New York, which shot 43.7 percent from the field. Duhon added 12 assists and only three turnovers.

“We played well enough to win. We should have won in regulation and we didn’t,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We gave them a little hope. Nowitzki and Howard are very good basketball players. You’ve got to give them credit. At the same time, we blew our chances. I thought we played pretty well for a long time. The fourth, we were just hesitant a little bit.”

Notes: Earlier in the afternoon, Latino Sports Ventures honored Puerto Rican point guard Jose Juan Barea for his accomplishments during a luncheon at Sofrito restaurant in Manhattan. Barea graciously accepted the honor. He finished with seven points in Dallas’ win Sunday night over the Knicks.    

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