The Dallas Mavericks were hosting the New York Knicks Friday night in a game that should’ve been a win. However, the Mavericks found themselves in a battle down the stretch and were actually trying to overcome a deficit. They were unable to do so and fell short 106-102.
Dallas Mavericks Lose at Home to the New York Knicks
Lack Of Production From the Supporting Cast
In the win over the Magic on Wednesday, the supporting cast was very productive. However, that was not the case against the Knicks.
Luka Doncic went for 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Although he did have eight turnovers and took an ill-advised shot in the closing moments that he took responsibility for.
Luka Doncic wasn’t happy with his career-high 38 points and a triple-double. He blamed himself for loss because he took a stepback from halfcourt logo when Mavs had a chance to tie late. “I made a bad decision. That wasn’t the shot I was looking for. I let my team down again.” pic.twitter.com/O45Hc5Cc2W
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The other star, Kristaps Porzingis, had a very good game in his first against his former team. The star forward went for 28 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.
However, with the next most productive player being Tim Hardaway Jr. with 14 points, those two performances weren’t enough. Outside of Hardaway Jr., the bench scored 16 points. That’s not going to cut it on most nights, even when Doncic and Porzingis have big games.
This supporting cast is capable based on the roles most of the players are asked to play. In this game though, they just weren’t good enough.
The defense wasn’t the main reason Dallas got off to a 5-2 start. However, in this game, the three-point defense simply wasn’t good enough.
The rest of the three-point attack for the Knicks was pretty spread out, but it felt like every time Dallas was making a run at getting a lead or was able to take a one or two-point lead, New York would respond with a three.
The next step for a team that wants to be a real contender or threat is to be able to bury teams when they get the chance. Even if they’ve been struggling with a team they are better than. Once you get the lead you need to build on it.
Dallas is clearly an improved team, but that’s the next step they need to take, and in the modern NBA, three-point defense is perhaps the most important part of putting teams away.
Dallas Mavericks Fall to the New York Knicks: Up Next
The Mavericks begins a three-game road trip on Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies on a back-to-back. Following that they will play in Boston against the Celtics on Monday and in New York against these Knicks on Thursday in a TNT game.
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