NEW YORK (AP) Dallas has been so bad that Dirk Nowitzki wasn't aware the Mavericks hadn't won on the road in more than a month.
"I didn't even know it's been this long," he said. "We keep playing hard. There's obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we're one of the teams that still wants to win and we'll see where we end up at the end in the draft."
Probably right around the Knicks, because they look every bit as bad.
Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and Dallas turned around the game in the third quarter on its way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over New York, which lost its eighth straight game.
Dallas couldn't stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch. >> Read more
An AND-1 to bring us back into the game 👊 pic.twitter.com/Jr6V7V0Hpw- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 14, 2018
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Nothing to see here...just another embarrassingly bad third quarter from the Knicks, who are statistically the worst third quarter team in the NBA. The way the Knicks are losing, they may soon become the worst team in the NBA. The loss makes it eight straight and puts them a game out of the eighth-worst record as the tank continues. 20 games under .500 is a new low point and their once-dominant home record is now at .500. This team has lost 16 of 17 yet Jeff Hornacek actually thinks he is going to be coming back...which he can't actually fully believe. It's just a cover. They just got embarrassed in the second half by a team with a worse record than them.
Dennis Smith Jr. also continues to show how many light years better he is than Frank Ntilikina. They honestly aren't even in the same stratosphere and highly doubt Ntilikina ever gets to the same level. Remember, Smith Jr. was actually picked the pick AFTER the 19-year-old Ntilikina. Ntilikina will be 20 just like Smith Jr. is this summer and the Mavericks guard just is such a better play, at least on the offensive end, than Ntilikina will ever be. The Knicks are within three to four games of being in the top five in the lottery, which any of us would rather have at this point. There's a busy offseason ahead for this team and some difficult decisions that need to be made, especially in this backcourt.