NEW YORK -- With a gunslinger like Carmelo Anthony roaming the court, Dirk Nowitzki knows the Dallas Mavericks can ill-afford to take New York for granted when they play the Knicks at 6:30 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"Carmelo has been on a tear, we all know that,'' Nowitzki, the Mavs' 12-time All-Star, said. "He’s great, one of the best scorers this league has, and they’ve got a bunch of shooters around.''
Nowitzki also applauded the play of former Mavs center Tyson Chandler, who grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds during Saturday's 107-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In addition, Nowitzki warned that the Mavs should pay no attention to the Knicks' 21-35 record.
"Tyson’s healthy, so even though their record might not show it, to me they’re a good team and we've got to be ready to set the tone hopefully with defense and rebounding, like we’ve been doing lately,'' Nowitzki said. "And then I like our chances.''
-- Dwain Price
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