NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 34 22 27 34 117
Dallas 25 27 27 30 109
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6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3021:30 ET7:30 PM CT0:30 , April 16, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 4,246

Luka Doncic, Mavericks welcome red-hot Knicks

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Mavericks won the last game between these teams, 99-86, on April 2. That's the only NBA game this month in which each team scored under 100 points.
  2. The Mavericks allowed 110.9 points per game through the end of March, but they have held opponents to 103.0 points per game in April, second best in the NBA this month, behind the Knicks (102.8).
  3. The Knicks have won four straight games to improve to two games over .500, tying their high-water mark for the season. New York was 5-3 after eight games, before losing five straight games; and got back to two games over at 24-22 on March 27.
  4. Julius Randle has scored 66 points over his last two games, after a stretch of nine games in which he averaged 20.7 points per game (March 25 to April 11).
  5. Luka Doncic has had fewer than 10 rebounds and 10 assists in each of his last 14 games, one shy of his longest streak of that kind in the NBA, which were the first 15 games of his career.
  6. Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points in his first game against the Knicks after they traded him to Dallas, on November 8, 2019, but he has scored only 34 total points in two subsequent games against New York, while going 2-for-12 on three-point attempts.

The Luka Magic Show is back on stage Friday night when the Dallas Mavericks host the New York Knicks.

Then again, Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic would have a hard time replicating the heroics at the end of Wednesday night's 114-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Knicks enter with a season-best four-game winning streak and certainly know Dallas is riding a wave of momentum after Doncic's stumbling, off-balance floating 3-pointer that beat Memphis as time expired.

"This is one of those joyous nights where we escaped," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said afterward. "We had Houdini -- and he got us out of here alive."

Stellar free-throw shooter Grayson Allen of the Grizzlies missed two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to open the door for Doncic's theatrics.

When Dallas in-bounded the ball to Doncic with 1.8 seconds left, he had to elude two Memphis defenders and wasn't even looking at the basket when he lofted the shot that swished the net.

In the aftermath, the basketball magician said the shot was "kind of lucky."

"I was really surprised when it went in," Doncic said. "Those are the best feelings ever."

The crucial victory moved Dallas within one game of the sixth-place Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference. Getting into the top six is of great importance, as the No. 7 through No. 10 seeds will compete in a play-in round to be part of the postseason.

The Mavericks have won seven of the past 10 games as they begin a five-game homestand against New York.

Dallas is looking to complete a two-game sweep of the Knicks after posting a 99-86 victory on April 2 at New York. Doncic had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Alec Burks scored 20 points off the bench for the Knicks.

Burks was one of the standouts with 21 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday's 116-106 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He made 4 of 7 3-point attempts while playing just 22 minutes.

Burks was hot at the beginning of the fourth quarter while scoring New York's first 11 points of the stanza.

"Super-impressive," All-Star forward Julius Randle said of Burks. "That's a bad boy, man. When he gets on a roll like that, ain't nothing you can really do with him. So, for me as a leader on the team, I want to just keep feeding him confidence, just giving him whatever he needs just to get going. Because when he plays like that, it makes our team so much more dynamic."

Randle also stood out with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He made 5 of 8 3-point attempts as the Knicks knocked down 17 of 33 from long range.

New York trailed by five late in the third quarter before a 22-6 burst that ended with Burks' 3-pointer gave the team a 104-93 advantage with 8:10 remaining.

"Leads are never safe and you can never let your guard down," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That's why you can never quit on a game. ... With the 3-point shot, it allows you to make up ground quickly."

Following the game with the Mavericks, New York begins a six-game homestand on Sunday against the Pelicans.

The Knicks are among the top six teams in the Eastern Conference entering play on Friday.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 15, 2021

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