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
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.
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.