Barnes scores 30, Mavs hand Knicks eighth straight loss
NEW YORK (AP) Dallas has been so dangerous that Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t conscious the Mavericks hadn’t received on the street in additional than a month.
”I didn’t even comprehend it’s been this lengthy,” he mentioned. ”We hold taking part in arduous. There’s clearly some groups which might be going for some losses now, and we’re one of many groups that also needs to win and we’ll see the place we find yourself on the finish within the draft.”
Most likely proper across the Knicks, as a result of they appear each bit as dangerous.
Harrison Barnes scored 30 factors and Dallas turned across the recreation within the third quarter on its strategy to a 110-97 victory Tuesday evening over New York, which misplaced its eighth straight recreation.
Dallas couldn’t cease New York early, after which dominated the second half to win for the third time in 4 video games, with solely a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.
Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 factors for the Mavs and Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell completed with 10, however eight got here throughout a game-changing 14-Zero run within the third quarter. Smith mentioned it was clear the Knicks’ spirits sagged throughout that stretch.
”Yeah, they misplaced a bit of spunk every time we actually locked in defensively,” he mentioned.
Dallas (22-46) ended a six-game street skid with its first victory since Feb. Three at Sacramento.
Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks (24-44), who received a go to from Kristaps Porzingis earlier than the sport after which confirmed once more that they don’t have any hope of successful with out him. They misplaced for the 16th time in 17 video games, most coming since their All-Star ahead tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.
This one regarded as if it might be totally different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 photographs towards defenseless Dallas. However the Mavs made sufficient photographs of their very own to remain within the recreation, then surged forward after halftime.
”They sort of lit us up there within the first quarter and I believed after that we adjusted fairly properly, made it a bit of more durable,” Nowitzki mentioned.
It was tied at 64 earlier than Barnes scored on a comply with shot to begin the 14-Zero spurt that included two Three-pointers and one other basket by Ferrell.
Dallas outscored New York 26-12 within the third, a problematic interval these days for the Knicks.
”I feel it’s a scarcity of focus,” guard Trey Burke mentioned. ”First half we play a sure method. Second half we’ve our stretches the place we aren’t as locked in as we should be on the defensive finish. It confirmed tonight and it’s exhibiting final couple of weeks.”
New York closed inside 4 within the fourth quarter as Burke led a rally, however Smith made a Three-pointer and Barnes adopted with 4 straight factors to place it away.
Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith began after sitting out towards Houston whereas persevering with his restoration from left quadriceps tendinitis.
Knicks: Enes Kanter (again spasms) and Lance Thomas (sprained proper thumb) have been again within the beginning lineup. … The Knicks signed F Troy Williams for the remainder of the season after the expiration of his second 10-day contract. Williams averaged eight.1 factors in eight video games after signing the preliminary contract on Feb. 21.
Porzingis mentioned Tuesday there isn’t any timetable for his return from his knee damage, which is able to hold him out the rest of this season and no less than a number of the subsequent. The All-Star ahead was damage upon touchdown after a dunk towards Milwaukee on Feb. 6. The 7-foot-Three ahead mentioned there was sharp ache when the damage occurred, however that he shortly felt higher and thought he’d be capable to return into the sport. However medical doctors despatched him for testing, which revealed the tear.
”I used to be shocked at first. I couldn’t imagine that it occurred to me, after which about 30 seconds later I mentioned, `OK, what can I do now?”’ Porzingis mentioned. ”Now it’s simply time for me to make a comeback after which I targeted on the subsequent factor, and that was put together myself for the surgical procedure.”
The Mavericks received the lottery Tuesday for the primary decide within the inaugural NBA 2K League draft. Mavs Gaming will choose first within the April four draft at Madison Sq. Backyard, adopted by Celtics Crossover Gaming and Jazz Gaming. Knicks Gaming will choose ninth within the 17-team esports league.