After a shootout in the first half between two of the NBA's top-scoring teams, the Dallas Mavericks cooled off considerably in the second half, while the New York Knicks continued to light it up, en route to a 104-94 win over the Mavs.
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points for New York, nine in the decisive fourth quarter to close out Dallas. The Mavs had a two-point lead at the half and hung around all game despite constant runs from the Knicks.
The biggest problem for the Mavs in their two losses to the Utah Jazz and now the Knicks is their inability to secure the defensive rebounds, while also showing some carelessness with the ball, especially when the opponent is making a run.
The Mavs will have to figure out a way to get that cleaned up as they travel to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats. This will be the third meeting between the two teams in about three weeks.
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