NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 23 30 34 16 103
New York 27 31 29 19 106
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 14, 2019
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 19,812

Mavs' Porzingis makes return to New York

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Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks

  1. The Knicks won 106-102 in Dallas on Friday -- their only victory in their last seven games -- and have a chance to sweep a season series from the Mavericks for the first time since 1999-2000. Since the 2000-01 season, Dallas' .718 winning percentage against New York (28-11) is its third best against any opponent.
  2. In last week's meeting, New York had a 56-47 rebounding advantage and the Mavs were limited to a season-low three second-chance points. Dallas is seventh in the league in second-chance points at 14.4 per game while New York ranks second at 15.4.
  3. The Mavs are second in the league in bench points at 46.0 per game and had a season-low 30 against the Knicks. They are 5-0 when their reserves hit their scoring average and 1-4 when scoring 45 or less.
  4. Luka Doncic had a career-high 38 points along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists vs. the Knicks last week for his fourth triple-double of the season and 12th career 30-point game. Among the 28 players that have had at least 10 30-point games since the start of last season, Doncic's team record of 4-8 (.333) beats out only Bradley Beal's team record of 9-19 (.321) for the worst in the league.
  5. The Knicks are opening a three-game stretch at Madison Square Garden and their 94.8 points per game at home ranks last in the league. They are also shooting 28.0 percent on 3s at home compared to 39.7 on the road, and that decrease of 11.7 is the NBA's biggest home to road drop-off. The Mavs, meanwhile, average league bests of 121.4 points and 49.2 percent shooting on the road.
  6. RJ Barrett, whose 16.0 points per game ranks third among rookies, had a career-low three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 35 minutes at Dallas last week. He is the only Knick rookie in the last 30 seasons to score three or fewer points while playing at least 35 minutes and attempting at least six shots in a game.

It didn't take Kristaps Porzingis long during his rookie season with the New York Knicks in 2015-16 to realize he'd come to a city starved for a basketball winner. When he returns to the Big Apple Thursday night, he'll find a city more famished for winning basketball than ever before.

Porzingis will play in Madison Square Garden for the first time as a visiting player when he and the Dallas Mavericks face the reeling Knicks in the final game between the teams this season.

The Mavericks, who are completing a three-game road trip, last played Monday when they fell to the Boston Celtics 116-106. The Knicks continued skidding toward the bottom of the NBA on Tuesday with a 120-102 loss to the host Chicago Bulls.

At 2-9, the Knicks entered Wednesday tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. But while the Warriors at least have made five straight trips to the NBA Finals and won three championships, the Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the spring of 2013, haven't gotten to the Eastern Conference finals since 2000 and haven't won it all since 1973.

"It's a city hungry for success in basketball," Porzingis said after practice Wednesday. "For them, for the fans, for the city to be going through this year after year, it's got to be tough."

Porzingis appeared to be the franchise player around whom the Knicks could build during the 2015-16 season, when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while earning the "Unicorn" nickname for the versatility he offered in a 7-foot-3 frame.

But Porzingis' relationship with the Knicks deteriorated over the next two seasons, during which Porzingis reportedly expressed concerns over the direction of the franchise while butting heads with management over the influence his brother/agent, Janis, and his physiotherapist, Manolo Valdivieso, had on him.

Porzingis tore his ACL while trying to dunk over Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on Feb. 6, 2018. He never played again for the Knicks, who traded him to the Mavericks in a seven-player blockbuster on Feb. 1 of this year.

"This is a basketball city and it just sucks that we never really got to do something big here," said Porzingis, who is averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game after signing a five-year deal worth the maximum $158 million with the Mavericks in July.

The Porzingis trade was supposed to hasten the Knicks' latest rebuilding project. But they didn't win the draft lottery and the opportunity to select Zion Williamson, and the salary cap room created by the deal wasn't enough to lure any of the top-tier free agents to Manhattan.

Since upsetting the Mavericks 106-102 in Dallas last Friday, the Knicks have lost to the Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 39 points. After the loss to the Cavaliers, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a press conference to indicate their displeasure. On Monday, ESPN reported head coach David Fizdale was on the hot seat.

"It's always a media firestorm in New York," Fizdale told reporters prior to Tuesday's loss. "For everybody else this is a big deal. But for us it's normal environment."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 13, 2019

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