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Game 55 Recap: Mavs vs Knicks

On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks played the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks look to build a significant winning streak to hopefully build their case for a top six seed in the western conference standings. With the season coming to an end, the Mavericks are running out of time to avoid the “Play-In Tournament”, which makes each game that much more important.

On Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Memphis Grizzlies in a huge game with seeding implications. The Mavericks started this game mostly behind as the Grizzlies led 60-57 at halftime. The Mavericks tried to do anything to catch up with the Grizzlies but couldn’t do it. The opportunity presented itself for the Mavericks as they were able to come within 113-111 in the final seconds of the game. With the chance to force overtime or win the game, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic as he was able to give the Mavericks a win by hitting a three pointer (while falling down) as time expired. The officials would go to the monitor to determine if the Luka Doncic shot was a two or a three pointer. After the review, the Officials determined that it was in fact a three pointer thus giving the Mavericks a HUGE win. Luka Doncic finished with 29 points while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. Dwight Powell gave the Mavericks much needed production as he scored 12 points. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 30-24 on the season, as they now clinched the season series against the Grizzlies (in case these two teams end up tied, the Mavericks would hold the tiebreaker) and snapped their two game losing streak. The Mavericks were able to make some ground of the Portland Trail Blazers as they are within 1 game from the crucial sixth seed, that would avoid playing in the “Play-In Tournament”.

The New York Knicks are coming into this game by going 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 116-106 win against the New Orleans Pelicans to extend their winning streak to four games on Wednesday to see their record improve to 29-27 on the season. The Knicks are coming into this season with high hopes of trying to make playoffs as they currently have a playoff drought of seven seasons. The Knicks are currently sixth in the crowded eastern conference standings. This team is led by Julius Randle as they look to finally reach the playoffs. If their current trend continues, they have a good shot at securing a playoff spot. The Knicks also, can’t afford to lose too many games as there are a bunch of teams right there with them. If the Knicks can’t finish the season strong, there’s a good chance of losing their spot for the playoffs.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks won their last meeting with the Knicks 99-86 in the first game in the month of April on April 2nd, 2021. The Mavericks previously gotten swept on their regular season series last season 2-0 against the Knicks. Overall, the Mavericks hold the all-time series with a record of 42-37

The Mavericks started this game by having Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) be ruled out, other than that, everybody is available to play in the game. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Finney-Smith, Kleber and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Julius Randle as he nailed a layup for the Knicks to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:56 mark as Luka Doncic drilled a two pointer to tie the game at 2-2. Both teams would go on to answer each other’s three pointers to keep the game tied at 5-5. The Mavericks would have their first lead in the game after Maxi Kleber drilled a three pointer to take a 10-7 lead with 9:26 left in the quarter. Both teams got off to terrific starts as they both jump out of the gate quick to begin the game. The Knicks would trim their deficit to one point after Elfrid Payton knocked down a layup to come within 13-12 of the Mavericks with 8:04 left in the quarter. The pace of the game was simply off the charts as you look down for one second and a team already knocked down a bucket. The Knicks would reclaim the lead after Julius Randle knocked down a three pointer to take a 17-16 lead with 7:13 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 5:29 left in the quarter after the Knicks took a 21-19 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks began the game red hot as they made seven of their first twelve attempts to begin the game, also the Mavericks knocked down five of their first seven attempts from behind the arc. The Knicks also began the game on a fast start as they made nine of their first thirteen attempts taken thus far. The Knicks would generate a quick 4-0 run to grab control of the lead thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Maxi Kleber but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 21-19 with 5:06 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Knicks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 34-25 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Julius Randle as he scored 15 points for the Knicks. The Mavericks were led by Josh Richardson as he scored 9 points. Both teams got off to good starts to begin the game as they were able to knock down good quality shots, but the Mavericks cooled off towards the end of the quarter. The Mavericks were shooting 41.7% on 10-of-24 from the field at the end of the first quarter. To put into perspective on how good of a start the Knicks got, they were shooting 70% on 14-of-20 shooting from the field. It doesn’t get any better than that for the Knicks. The Mavericks would need to play much better on defense if they want to stand a chance at winning the game.

The second quarter would begin by having RJ Barrett nail a three pointer for the Knicks to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 11:23 mark as Tim Hardaway Jr nailed a two pointer to come within 37-27 of the Knicks. The quarter would begin just like how the first began with both teams getting quick shots on offense. The shots were going down tonight for both teams. The Knicks would call a timeout with 9:25 left in the quarter as the Knicks saw their lead cut to 41-33. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense started to click as they began the quarter by making all of their first four attempts taken while the Knicks made three of their first five attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks were able to generate a quick 4-0 run to keep it a game, otherwise the Knicks were going to runaway with it due to their incredible fast pace in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Knicks turned to Reggie Bullock but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 41-33 with 9:08 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to cut their deficit to four points after Luka Doncic made a free-throw to come within 41-37 of the Knicks with 8:28 left in the quarter. The Mavericks weren’t shooting the ball bad, it was just the Knicks getting off to a quicker pace in the game thus far. After a tremendous start to begin the game by both teams, they both would go on scoring drought of nearly two minutes until Julius Randle drilled a jump shot to extend their lead to 43-37 with 6:22 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would finally get some points on the board after Tim Hardaway Jr knocked down a three pointer to come within 45-40 of the Knicks with 4:34 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Knicks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 56-52 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Julius Randle as he scored 21 points for the Knicks. The Mavericks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr as he scored 16 points off the bench. The Mavericks were able to fix their offensive woes as they were able to finish the quarter strong by getting some good quality shots near the end of the quarter. Through two quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 40.4% on 19-of-47 shooting from the field. If the Mavericks want to win this game then they would need to find a way to stop the “fast paced” Knicks because they were getting any shot that they wanted in the first half.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Kristaps Porzingis knock down two free-throws to come within 56-54 of the Knicks. The game would find its way to be tied after Luka Doncic drilled a floating jump shot to tie the game at 56-56 with 10:12 left in the quarter. Julius Randle was able to score the first points in the quarter for the Knicks as he nailed a two pointer with 9:23 left in the quarter to retake the lead at 58-56. The Mavericks would take their first lead in the second half after Josh Richardson knocked down a three pointer to take a 59-58 lead with 9:10 left in the quarter. The Knicks would soon take the lead right back, after Nerlens Noel knocked down two free-throws to take a 63-61 lead with 8:13 left in the quarter. The Mavericks found a way to grab the lead after Luka Doncic knocked down two free-throws to take a 65-63 lead that forced the Knicks to call a timeout with 7:06 left in the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks started the quarter by making four of their first seven attempts while the Knicks had a difficult start as they made just two of their first seven attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks were able to generate a 6-2 run to grab control of the lead in the game. The difference maker would down to the Mavericks defense, if they could stop and force the Knicks to go cold, if not then the Knicks were going to be in the driver’s seat to win the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Knicks turned to Julius Randle but couldn’t convert as he lost control of the ball that resulted in a thunderous slam dunk by Josh Richardson which saw the Mavericks increase their lead to 67-63 with 6:36 left in the quarter. The Knicks would come within two points after Elfrid Payton knocked down a driving layup to within 70-68 of the Mavericks with 5:43 left in the quarter. The Knicks would come all the way back to take the lead at 71-70 after Julius Randle finished off the “three point play” by making the “AND ONE” free-throw to grab a one point lead with 4:38 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 3:43 left in the quarter after the Knicks increased their lead to three points at 73-70. Prior to this timeout, the Knicks were able to generate a 6-0 run to grab control and momentum in the game. The Mavericks offense would go quiet as their last made basket came at the 5:56 mark in the quarter. The Mavericks simply cannot afford to let their offense go to sleep as their defense wasn’t stopping the Knicks offense. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith as he was able to convert on a three pointer to tie the game at 73-73 and snapped the Mavericks scoring drought with 3:28 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Knicks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 83-79 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Julius Randle as he scored 35 points for the Knicks. The Mavericks were led by Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr as they both scored 16 points. The Mavericks again were right there with the Knicks but simply couldn’t nail the “game changing” shot to flip the momentum to their side. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 43.3% on 29-of-67 shooting from the field. The Mavericks would need to play an excellent fourth quarter if they want to come away with a win in this game. Defense wins games and we would see if the Mavericks could do that for 12:00 minutes in the last quarter of the game.

The fourth quarter would begin by having RJ Barrett nail a two pointer while being fouled and would knock down the “AND ONE” free-throw to complete the “three point play” for the Knicks to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks weren’t able to get their first points in the quarter until the 11:04 mark by having JJ Redick nail a three pointer to come within 86-82 of the Knicks. The Knicks would increase their lead to nine points after RJ Barrett drilled a three pointer to take a 91-82 lead that forced Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with 9:56 left in the game. Prior to this timeout, the Knicks offense was clicking as they made two of their first four attempts while the Mavericks offense was barley hanging on as they only made one of their first four attempts taken thus far. The Knicks were able to open the quarter on a 8-3 run to maintain control of the game. The Mavericks would need to create something for the reminder of the quarter to “steal” a win from the Knicks as this game had “Knicks win” written all over it (thus far). Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks couldn’t convert as Dwight Powell caused a “back court violation” that kept the score at 91-82 with 9:37 left in the game. Both teams would go on a run of “answering each other’s shots” as that does the Mavericks no favors because they need to create a scoring run to come even close to the Knicks and make it a game. The Knicks would extend their lead to ten points after Frank Ntilikina nailed a free-throw to extend their lead to 97-87 with 7:56 left in the game. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:27 left in the game as the Knicks started to break away from the Mavericks by them taking a 99-87 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Knicks were able to generate a 5-2 run to start to create some separation from the Mavericks. The Mavericks desperately needed to play lockdown defense and go on a scoring run to break the Knicks momentum in the game. The Mavericks were on the verge of leaving the arena with a loss, if they don’t fix anything on both ends of the court. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to JJ Redick but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 99-87 with 7:09 left in the game. The Mavericks offense looked completely flat as they couldn’t generate anything on offense to try to flip the momentum to their side. The Mavericks were finally able to get a shot to go down after Dorian Finney-Smith knocked down a three pointer to come within 99-90 of the Knicks with 5:49 left in the game. The Mavericks, all of a sudden, were making a little bit of noise as they were able to cut their deficit to eight points after Luka Doncic knocked down a driving to come within 101-95 of the Knicks, that forced the Knicks to call a timeout with 4:26 left in the game. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks finally got the scoring run that they desperately needed, as they were able to generate a 8-2 run to make things interesting for the reminder of the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Knicks turned to Julius Randle as he was fouled and able to knock down two free-throws to extend their lead to 103-95 with 4:11 left in the game. The play of game (thus far) would soon happen as Dorian Finney-Smith went up for a driving slam dunk but was met by Nerlens Noel as he stuffed Dorian Finney-Smith’s dunk to keep the score at 103-95 with 3:57 left in the game. That was a spectacular block by Nerlens Noel to get all ball on that Dorian Finney-Smith’s dunk attempt. If Dorian Finney-Smith made that driving dunk, that would’ve flipped the momentum and energy to the Mavericks as that was going to be spectacular dunk that could’ve made the “SportsCenter’s Top 10 play” of the day. The Mavericks couldn’t gain any ground of the Knicks with 2:11 left in the game as the lead was still eight points for the Knicks. Unless something drastically changes, the Knicks were on the verge on leaving the arena with a win.

This team looked like they had their hands full as the New York Knicks came storming out the gates by getting off to an incredible start to begin the game. The Mavericks weren’t shooting the ball terrible, it was much of the tremendous fast pace of the Knicks. The Knicks were able to use their fast pace to grab a 56-52 lead at halftime. This game would simply come down to which team would go cold as neither team could stop the other.

In the end, it was the New York Knicks defeating the Dallas Mavericks 117-109. The Mavericks record would drop to 30-25 on the season. The Mavericks had to win this game to keep close of the Portland Trail blazers for the sixth seed in the western conference standings, as the Trail Blazers won their game earlier in the day to create some separation from the Mavericks. Luka Doncic finished the game with 22 points and 19 assists (his 20th Double-Double this season) in the loss. The Knicks were led by Julius Randle as he finished with a season-high 44 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks got production from Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 23 points but it wasn’t near enough for a win. The Mavericks simply weren’t sharp as they couldn’t get their offense rolling. With the loss, the Mavericks have now lost four of their last six games after starting the month of April 3-0. The Mavericks cannot afford to lose games and “pray” for other teams to beat the Portland Trail blazers to land the sixth seed. We’ve got to take care of business and not “rely” on other teams and “scoreboard watch”. With the famous words of Rick Carlisle, “This is on me (Carlisle)”. The Mavericks have to clean up their mess, if they want to have any shot at landing the sixth seed and avoid the “Play-In Tournament”.

The Mavericks will continue to stay at home as they play out their current five game home stand. The Sacramento Kings will come to Dallas to play the Mavericks on Sunday at the American Airlines Center.

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