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February 21, 2012


New York Knicks defeat the Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki guided the Dallas Mavericks with scored a season-high 34 points, and a brilliant performance that included 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for the Mavericks

By Stephen Lars

For those fans that for a moment believed that the Jeremy Lin story was too good to be true, and were a bit shocked when things went south against the New Orleans Hornets, Jeremy Lin had an answer. He was facing his biggest challenge yet, playing at the Madison Square Garden against the NBA Defending Champions, the Dallas Mavericks, on a nationally televised game. Still, Jeremy Lin was able not only to bounce back from an horrible performance on his previous game, where he suffered 9 turnovers, to a brilliant 28-point game including a beautiful 3-pointer over Dirk Nowitzki, and 14 assists, a career-high for Lin.

Dirk Nowitzki guided the Dallas Mavericks with scored a season-high 34 points


The game was filled with great runs from both squads. For the better part of the matchup, it could had gone either way. The Knicks scored 17 straight points in the first quarter to take a nice advantage, but when the Mavericks got their engine running after the first half break, things go a little uphill for the home team. As a matter of fact, the Knicks fell behind by 12 points in the third, but at the end they made the best out of their point guard and finished off the Mavericks. Not only did Lin led the team on a win over the defending NBA Champions, he also managed to defeat a team that the Knicks have only defeated three times in the previous 20 meetings.


Dirk Nowitzki guided the Dallas Mavericks with scored a season-high 34 points, and a brilliant performance that included 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for the Mavericks. The Mavs had won their 6 previous games, relying heavily on a solid defense that even managed to make LeBron James of the Miami Heat like an ordinary player. Still, Lin was able to compete against a championship-level defense the revamped New York Knicks. As a matter of fact, the Knicks have won 8 of their last 9 games.


But it wasn’t all about Jeremy Lin. There was plenty of production coming from the other Knicks. Steve Novak scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, including four 3s. J.R. Smith scored 15 points in his Knicks debut. This has been fundemantal for the Knicks, since this is the squad’s 7th straight game without their all-star guard Carmelo Anthony, who has been out with a groin injury. It has been said that Melo might be joining Lin at some point this week in the starting lineup.


It certainly help to have a guy as cool as Smith in the starting five. He hadn’t even practiced with the team but he managed to play very well with guys he knew very little. "First five minutes was really mind blowing," Smith said in the postgame conference. "First thing I was thinking was don't airball your first shot. You never live that down in New York City. So once I made my first one, that really got me going." He didn’t airball. As a matter of fact, he was responsible for three of the Knicks 12 three-pointers for the night. A much more respectable performance, considering how bad things ended up against the Hornets in the three-point department.


About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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