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Though swingman James White is happy to be in his “second home” of Houston for the holiday, the Knickerbockers didn’t quite head into this special day on a high note.
Taking on the Mavericks for the second time this season, the Knicks’ couldn’t make Jason Kidd’s Dallas homecoming a happy one.
Feeling rejuvenated, the Hall of Fame bound floor general logged what appeared to be his best game as a Knickerbocker. Taking a page out of Raymond Felton’s book from the team’s win over the Hornets, Kidd made it rain from down town.
When he runs the floor, Kidd does so with a calm and steady approach. All is well when the ball is in his hands, as he’s a threat to knock down jumpers, but can also obviously set up his teammates for easy buckets as well. He’s also a threat to the defense in so many ways, and even in his older age, he continues to help New York in that regard.
But as Kidd turned back the clock a bit, (scoring 17 points, grabbing 6 boards, dishing out 5 assists, and coming up with 5 steals—a true stat-sheet stuffer), his former Nets teammate, Vince Carter, aimed to turn it back just as far.
Coming off the bench for Dallas, Carter displayed a bit of a pep in his step that isn’t always visible now that he’s less nimble and less quick. Nevertheless, the veteran drove to the basket and hit his stride from long range. Carter added 25 points, and hit five daggers from deep.
Those daggers can certainly sting an opponent down the stretch, but perhaps nothing stung the Knicks’ more than Carmelo Anthony’s fifth personal foul.
This contest was a game of runs, with both teams giving the other all they had during intense spurts. The Knicks were down late in the game, but the momentum appeared to be in their favor. Could this have been another comeback like the one that helped New York overthrow the Spurs last week?
It could have been, if not for that fifth personal foul call. Driving to the basket, hitting a circus-like shot off the glass that would have brought the Knicks within complete and utter striking distant (as if they weren’t there already), Anthony’s potential heroics were waived off as he was instead called for an offensive foul. No basket. No and-one call. But more importantly, no more momentum for the Knicks.
From there, New York faltered and suffered just their second loss of the young season. Despite losing, the Knicks did show a lot of fight. This squad certainly does not have the same meeker and weaker mentality of the Knickerbocker squads of old.
Anthony scored 23 points for the Knicks, and Tyson Chandler had a tremendous outing of his own, scoring an efficient 21 points while grabbing 13 boards as well.
Despite suffering a 114-111 loss, New York still roll into Houston with a lot of pride. A lot will be at stake on Friday night, as Raymond Felton (who added 18 points and 11 assists in Wednesday night’s loss) will look to lead the charge for his team against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets.