The Dallas Mavericks overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 44 points to defeat the New York Knicks on Dirk Nowitzki’s buzzer beating jumper 110-108 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York Monday night.
Trailing 108-102 with just 1:12 to play in the game, Tyson Chandler hit a layup and was fouled. He hit the free throw to cut the lead to three. After Monta Ellis lost the ball to Chandler, Raymond Felton found Anthony for an open three and buried it to tie the game with 50 seconds left. Each team traded misses with Vince Carter and J.R. Smith unable to connect on long jumpers, followed by a Knicks’ shot clock violation after an offensive rebound. The Mavericks got the ball back and gave it to Nowitzki, who bounced in a jumper over Anthony as time expired.
Nowitzki finished with just 15 points on six-of-13 shooting.
Carter lead the Mavericks with 23 points while Ellis added 22 and Jose Calderon chipped in 20.
Anthony scored his 44 points on 14-of-29 shooting, seven-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc and nine-of-nine shooting from the free throw line.
Smith scored 15 points, dished out seven assists and had four rebounds. Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Mavericks are now 35-23 and the Knicks are 21-36.