The Knicks were tired tonight. Four games in five nights… seven games in ten nights… they had reason to be tired.
In the first quarter the Knicks managed to hold the Mavericks scoreless for three minutes. If they were able to capitalize on their defensive prowess early on, this might have been a different game. Unfortunately the Knicks allowed the Mavericks to score 31 first quarter points and got them selves into an early 10 point hole.
Once again, they were outscored by 11 in the second quarter. The Mavericks are a championship caliber team and tonight they played like it.
They did not allow the Knicks hang around. When the opportunity presented it self, the Mavericks pounced on the Knicks.
In the second half, the Knicks came out with a little more energy. At one point they cut the lead to 11, but were never able to pull within single digits.
Tonight, Amare Stoudemire was forcing A LOT of shots. It seemed as if he was angry with Carmelo grabbing all of the spotlight, and he wanted to have a monster game to have the attention back to him.
Amare did have 36 points, but on 12 of 27 from the field.
Carmelo had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Knicks should put this game behind them and focus on sweeping the Pacers in a home and home.
Fortunely for the Knicks, the 76ers play the Celtics tomorrow, and the Hawks play the Bulls. After everything is said and done, this game might mean nothing for the playoff picture.