NEW YORK — Forward Dirk Nowitzki’s jumper at the buzzer dropped in to give the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 win over the New York Knicks Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Nowitzki, who was guarded closely by forward Carmelo Anthony, landed the 15-foot jumper from just inside the top of the key.
The win completed a 3-0 road trip for Dallas (35-23). New York (21-36) is 2-9 February.
Anthony poured in 44 points. New York wasted one of its best shooting nights of the season. The Knicks were 40 of 76 from the floor for 53 percent.
Anthony’s seventh 3-pointer of the game tied it at 108-108 with 50.3 seconds remaining.
Dallas swingman Vince Carter scored a season-high 23 points. Guard Monta Ellis had 22 and guard Jose Calderon added 20 points. Nowitzki added 15 points.
The Knicks stayed within seven points of the Mavericks in the fourth quarter and closed to within three at 103-100 on a 3-pointer from Anthony with 2:43 to play. However, Calderon’s long trey and a layup from forward Brandon Wright moved the Dallas lead to 108-100 with 1:37 to play.
Anthony dropped in 14 points in the third quarter, including New York’s final eight points, but Dallas still led 84-82.
New York took its first lead of the second quarter, 59-57, on a pull-up jumper from Anthony with 33 seconds to go, but Ellis’ 3-pointer as time expired gave Dallas a 60-59 halftime lead.
The Knicks used a 17-5 run to move within two points of Dallas at 43-41 with 6:13 left in the second quarter. Anthony contributed nine points in the run. He scored 22 points in the half, 17 in the second quarter.
The Knicks, who were playing their third game in four nights, committed 13 fouls in the half.
Dallas took advantage of nine New York turnovers in the first quarter, scoring 11 points off the miscues en route to a 31-21 lead. Carter led the Mavericks with nine points off the bench.
NOTES: The Knicks waived G Beno Udrih and F Meta World Peace before the game. Udrih didn’t play in the Knicks’ past 12 games and World Peace averaged just 4.8 points in 29 games. … New York F Carmelo Anthony was selected the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January. Anthony averaged 28.7 points in the month. … Knicks F Amar’e Stoudemire made his first start of the season. … Entering Monday’s games, Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki led the league in free-throw percentage (.914) and was 12th in scoring (21.8 points per game). … The Knicks used their 15th starting lineup of the season.
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