NEW YORK -- Just when it appeared as though the Dallas Mavericks were about to tuck Monday's game safely away in their hip pocket, everything got discombobulated.
The Mavs led 108-100 with 1:37 left following a basket by Brandan Wright. From there, Raymond Felton scored on a driving layup for the Knicks, and then Monta Ellis was whistled for an offensive foul 35 feet from the basket while trying to set a screen.
Tyson Chandler then scored inside, and Wright was charged with a silly foul on the play. Chanlder completed the three-point play as the Knicks got within 108-105 of the Mavs.
Ellis then had the ball stolen from him by Chandler. That led to Carmelo Anthony nailing a 3-pointer to tie the game with 50.3 tickes left.
After Vince Carter misfored on a 3-point attempt, the Mavs defense rose up and forced the Knicks into a 24-second shot clock violation with only 10.6 seconds remaining in the game. That was more than enough time for Dirk Nowitzki to shake off an off night and pop in a 19-footer at the buzzer as the Mavs prevailed 110-108.
"We made some mistakes at the end,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "We had some bad turnovers and it cost us.
"But the thing I loved about it is everybody kept their composure, kept belieivng that we were going to win the game and find a way to do it. And we got the ball to the right guy.''
-- Dwain Price
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