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The New York Knicks continued their struggles in an ugly loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks inch closer towards the top of the lottery.

  • New York Knicks 97 (24-44)
  • Dallas Mavericks 110 (22-46)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Knicks put their brilliant tanking tactics on display in tonight’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks have recently gotten off to strong starts, and tonight was no different. Jeff Hornacek’s squad took a 60-57 lead into halftime.

Once the second half started, the Knicks were outscored 26-12 in the third quarter, which ultimately led to their defeat. The third quarter has been terrible for the Knicks as they’ve consistently been blown out over the past few weeks.

The Knicks have now lost their eighth game in a row, as they continue to “develop” their young players, and move up the tankathon standings.

The Knicks saw some action from all three of their point guards tonight. Trey Burke briefly appeared in tonight’s game, but he made his presence known. Burke didn’t play the entire first half. However, he played 15 minutes in the second half. In just 15 minutes, Burke scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Emmanuel Mudiay absorbed most of the minutes at point guard. Mudiay played 26 minutes and scored 10 points. Frank Ntilikina played just 16 minutes and put up four points and six assists.

Mudiay has struggled mightily with the Knicks but has still questionably retained his starting position. With Mudiay not doing anything particularly well, it may be time for Jeff Hornacek to give one of his other point guards the opportunity to shine.

Dennis Smith Jr. made his MSG debut tonight. The ninth overall pick in the NBA draft put up 17 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Overall, Smith was inefficient but showed flashes of extreme athleticism at times.

The leading scorer for the game was Dallas’ Forward Harrison Barnes with 30 points. The Knicks leading scorer was Michael Beasley with 21 points.