Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 29 points while Jarrett Jack hit a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to lead the Knicks to a 100-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at American Airlines Center.
Jack broke a 94-94 tie by hitting an 11-foot runner with 31 seconds left, and the Knicks maintained the lead when J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining. Courtney Lee hit all four of his free-throw attempts in the final seconds as New York improved to 4-14 on the road.
Porzingis made nine of 24 field goals, while Kyle O'Quinn and Enes Kanter each recorded a double-double, combining for 28 points and 29 rebounds.
Harrison Barnes recorded 25 points and six rebounds for Dallas, who has lost three in a row following a four-game winning streak.
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It would have been nice to write about how the Knicks didn't need to have their fans' heart rates rapidly increase down the stretch in a road game for once. Then they blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead. Luckily, Jack drained a floater and Lee continued to make free throws to give the Knicks just their fourth road win of the season. The Mavericks are terrible, and the Knicks needed to have this win, and they executed.
They received contributions from everyone across the board, even Willy Hernangomez. The Knicks were terrific from the free throw line; they made six 3-pointers, which seems like a ton for them; and O'Quinn was tremendous off the bench. The Knicks shot better and moved the ball better than a rebuilding Mavericks team, and they locked down on defense when they needed to. They now get to return home Wednesday to get revenge against another bad team in the Bulls, and hopefully come closer to getting Tim Hardaway Jr. on the court, who has practiced more recently.
The Knicks face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m.