The Dallas Mavericks went into Madison Square Garden and played tough but were unable to stop the red hot New York Knicks. New York escaped with a 104-94 win on Friday night thanks to a 31-point performance by Carmelo Anthony and 22 points off the bench from J.R. Smith.
Both teams have been playing great to start the 2012-13 season, but it’s been the Knicks who have been absolutely lights out to this point. Without star forward Dirk Nowitzki, the new-look Dallas team has also gelled quickly and gotten out to an impressive 4-2 start.
New York improves to 4-0 on the season with the victory. It’s their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season.
The Knicks trailed by a narrow 57-55 margin at halftime despite getting to the paint and making 13 shots within five feet of the rim. That’s impressive, especially because the Mavs attempted just 12 shots from that range.
Down the stretch, the Knicks’ dominance down low ended up taking its toll, and the Mavs went cold shooting on the perimeter.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony
Melo dropped 31 points, snagged seven boards and had two blocks to go along with a plus-10 rating.
Anthony didn’t have his best day from the field but got to the foul line (9-14 FT) and played with an intensity that carried over to his teammates.
Up Next for Dallas
Dallas will have little time to dwell on their Friday night loss to the Knicks. They’ll travel on Saturday to Charlotte to take on the one-win Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Up Next for New York
The Knicks will travel to the Amway Center in Orlando to take on the Magic on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Orlando (2-3) fell victim to a 107-68 home stomping by the Brooklyn Nets but will travel to Brooklyn for a rematch on Sunday night.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: