The Knicks stayed in the lead for much of the first half and on into the third quarter. Hot three-point shooting was responsible for the Knicks lead. Jason Kidd (17 points, 5 steals) played superbly in his first game back in Dallas since leaving the Mavs.
The Knicks typical ball movement and pressure defense eluded them from the second half of the third quarter until midway through the fourth. Dallas had a 12 point lead in the final quarter when the Knicks stormed back.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and Tyson Chandler added 21 on 8 for 9 shooting. Chandler was on the receiving end of key alley oops in the fourth. Raymond Felton also continued his strong play with 18 points and 11 assists, although he sometimes styles himself as a scorer rather than a distributor. The bench shot only 10-24 and only eight players saw time in this game. it was the first time the Knicks depth didn't come into play this season.
The Knicks nearly came back. Carmelo Anthony made a spinning 180 degree layup as he barreled into a moving Vince Carter. But Anthony was inexplicably assessed with a foul. Later, he glided to the basket before Chris Kaman smacked him in the face.
O.J. Mayo scored 27 for Dallas and Carter added 25 from the bench. Anthony had a chance to win it, but Shawn Marion hung right with him. Anthony was forced to double pump on his jumper and the attempt came up short. Dallas won 114-111. The Knicks are now 8-2.
Head Coach Mike Woodson deserves a ton of credit for the Knicks hot start this season. They're sharing the ball and working hard on defense. The team is 26-8 under Woodson since late last season.