On Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks survived a late New York Knicks’ rally on a game-winning shot by Dirk Nowitzki at the buzzer that gave the Mavericks a 110-108 victory.
Veteran swingman Vince Carter had a big day for the Mavericks. He led the team with 23 points on eight-of-17 shooting.
J.R. Smith, who scored 15 points on seven-of-16 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists in the loss, pulled down Carter’s headband at one point in the game.
This isn’t the first time Smith has messed with an opponent’s equipment.
As you’ll remember, earlier this season, J.R. Smith was caught untying the shoes of another Mavericks’ player, Shawn Marion, and was subsequently fined $50,000 because of the infraction. Smith claimed his critics simply didn’t have a sense of humor and told reporters fans were just angry that he hadn’t been knocking down shots. Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson thought otherwise, telling reporters he thought Smith has “got to be more of a pro and do the right things and just concentrate on playing basketball.”
Smith responded to those comments by saying he shouldn’t “goof around, I guess” and that he should “be serious” and “be a professional.”
It looks like Smith isn’t taking his own advice.