Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Friday, November 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 21st

Knicks 101

(3-5, 1-4 away)

Mavericks 103

(8-2, 4-1 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, November 19, 2004

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 28 19 22 32101
    DAL 25 25 25 28103

    Top Performers

    NY: J. Crawford 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dirk, Howard post double-doubles

    DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the short-handed Dallas Mavericks to a 103-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

    Josh Howard added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter and then had to withstand a late rally by the Knicks.

    Jamal Crawford had 26 points and Stephon Marbury added 24 points and eight assists to pace the Knicks.

    Kurt Thomas added 16 points for New York, which has lost four of five games on the road.

    The Mavericks were without three key players -- Michael Finley (sprained ankle), Erick Dampier (strained hip flexor), and Jason Terry (sprained ankle). Reserve guard Dan Dickau also missed the game because of food poisoning.

    New York tied it at 97-all with 1:45 left, but Marquis Daniels' short jumper with 1:27 to play put Dallas in front for good.

    The Mavericks bumped their lead to five points at 103-98 on Nowitzki's two free throws with 41 seconds remaining.

    New York had possession with a chance to tie or win the game with the clock winding down, but Tim Thomas missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left. After the ball went out of bounds off a Mavericks player, Crawford missed a desperation 35-footer as time expired.

    The Knicks pulled within two points with 22 seconds left when Daniels fouled Marbury on a 3-point attempt. Marbury converted all three free throws.

    Jerry Stackhouse, who had 19 points, then missed two free throws with 20 seconds left to give New York a chance.

    Stackhouse came up with a key defensive play early in the fourth quarter, deflecting a pass, then saving the ball on the sideline to a wide-open Howard for a dunk, extending the Mavericks' lead to 77-69.

    Dallas led 81-71 when New York came back with a 12-4 spurt, capped by Crawford's 3-pointer with 5:56 remaining to close the deficit to 85-83.

    Game notes

    Marbury, who started the night as the Knicks' top scorer with a 21.2 average, had only two points in the first half. ... Lenny Wilkens of the Knicks and Don Nelson of the Mavericks are 1-2 in all-time coaching victories. Wilkens has 1,318 wins and Nelson has 1,156. ... The Mavericks unveiled their secondary road uniforms, green and blue with retro-style script. The league gave the team permission to unveil the uniforms at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 103
    FGM-FGA 38-89 (.427) 41-85 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 8-25 (.320) 2-13 (.154)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 19-27 (.704)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 14-46
    Assists 20 15
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 30
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1