The Knicks had taken an 85-84 lead with 12.8 seconds remaining
when 5-foot-9 rookie Nate Robinson worked inside for the putback of
his own miss. Powell, a rookie from North Carolina State, crashed
the boards and put in Devin Harris' miss.
Jamal Crawford had a chance to win it for New York, but
airballed and 18-footer at the buzzer.
Josh Howard led Dallas with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jason
Terry added 17 points and Harris had 15 for Dallas (4-1).
Trevor Ariza scored 13 and Robinson had 12 to lead the Knicks
Dallas used a 13-2 fourth-quarter run capped by Harris'
3-pointer for a 71-63 lead with 6:15 remaining.
But the Knicks went in front 81-80 with 44.5 seconds left on
After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second quarter,
Dallas opened the third period with a 12-0 run capped by Terry's
3-pointer to take a 45-44 lead.
The Knicks built a 40-21 lead with 7:05 left in the first half,
with Stephon Marbury's 3-point play completing a 13-3 run.
Mavericks center Erick Dampier (sore right hip) and guard Jerry
Stackhouse (sore right knee) missed the game.
New York was without guard Quentin Richardson (strained left