While the Game of the Night is an exciting matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat, it is not the only entertaining game on Sunday’s schedule. The New York Knicks travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks, a contest which almost guarantees some sort of controversy or drama thanks to the visiting opponent.
The Knicks are playing the final game of their Texas road trip, which has already brought them to San Antonio where they defeated the Spurs and to Houston, where they lost to the Rockets. A win on Sunday night would be a step in the right direction to get back in the playoff conversation in the Eastern Conference.
New York came into San Antonio with a 9-21 record, but escaped with the 105-101 win against the Spurs, handing the 26-win team just their eighth loss of the season. Carmelo Anthony recorded a double-double, scoring 27 points and grabbing down 12 rebounds while Iman Shumpert dropped a career-high 27 points as well.
Following the victory, the Knicks were close to their second consecutive upset, but fell to the Rockets 102-100 on Friday. Guard J.R. Smith hoisted up a three-pointer with 19 seconds left and the shot clock off while the score was knotted at 100, allowing the Rockets possession of the ball.
Shumpert paced the team with 26 points, adding 5 assists and 4 rebounds. ‘Melo scored 25 points and picked up 8 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop James Harden‘s 37 points to lead Houston past New York.
The Mavericks are coming off a 119-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Dirk Nowitzki tallied 24 points while Shawn Marion contributed with 20 of his own, 6 rebounds and 2 steals but the Clippers were dominant. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 50 points and 33 rebounds, while Los Angeles’s guards of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison all reached double digit point totals as well.
Nowitzki, 35, leads the Mavs in scoring with 21 points per contest, while Monta Ellis paces the squad in assists (5.9) and steals (1.8).
Dallas averages 103.5 points per game, to New York’s 95.2. On the defensive side of the ball, the Knicks allow 99.4 points while the Mavs give up 101.8. Both teams have offensive weapons to turn to and defensive stoppers to rely on, but the disciplined Dallas team will earn their 20th win of the season and send the Knicks to their 22nd loss.
Mavericks, 105 – Knicks, 99
National TV: NBA TV
Time: 7:00 P.M. ET