Mavericks at Knicks
The New York Knicks are one loss away from matching their longest slide of the season, and they don't appear ready to end it anytime soon. The Knicks will try to bounce back from another lopsided setback and snap their seven-game losing streak when they continue a five-game homestand against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
All five starters scored in double figures but New York offered no resistance on the other end of the floor in a 132-106 loss to Toronto on Sunday to begin the homestand, its third defeat of at least 20 points this month. "They drove by us," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters of the Raptors. "We weren't good on the ball. They got open looks and they made them. It's a challenge to keep a guy in front of you. You got to slide your feet, and it's not easy. They really attacked us on that end." The Mavericks had their first winning streak in two months come to an end at two games with Sunday's 105-82 loss to Houston at home. They play 10 of their final 15 games on the road, where they're 7-24.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Dallas), MSG (New York)
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (21-46): Standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr. returned from a one-game layoff due to a quadriceps injury but struggled against the Rockets, shooting 2-of-12 and missing all three of his 3-point tries. Meanwhile, fellow guard Wesley Matthews missed the contest due to a right leg injury suffered the night before against Memphis and is not expected to travel with the team to New York. Dwight Powell finished a point shy of his career high with 20 points against Houston on 9-of-11 shooting, and the Stanford product averages 13.3 points on 66.7 percent from the floor as a starter.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (24-43): New York tinkered with its starting lineup ahead of the matchup with Dallas, as center Enes Kanter (back) was given the day off and regular starter Courtney Lee came off the bench after being away from the team for personal reasons. Rookie Luke Kornet made the most of his first career start by scoring 18 points - more than in his previous seven games combined - on 7-of-15 shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his turnaround from a lengthy shooting slump by producing 25 points and he is averaging 23.5 over his last four contests.
1. Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki needs eight made field goals to become the eighth player in NBA history with 11,000.
2. Knicks SF Lance Thomas (thumb) missed Sunday's loss and is day-to-day.
3. Kanter had 13 points and 18 rebounds in 25 minutes to help New York pick up a 100-96 win at Dallas on Jan. 7.