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Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Attendance: 18,597
Struggling Knicks welcome lowly Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks
- Dallas shot a season-worst .161 on three-point attempts (5-31) in their 105-82 home loss to the Rockets on Sunday. They had not had a three-point percentage that low since March 7, 2016 against the Clippers.
- The Knicks lost to the Raptors, 132-106, for their seventh-straight loss. The Knicks have now lost 10 games by 20 or more points, which is tied with the Kings for the second-most losses of 20+ points this season. Only the Suns have more (13).
- The Knicks defeated the Mavericks, 100-96, in the lone matchup between these teams on January 7 this season. The Mavericks committed just seven turnovers in the loss, the second time this season they have committed that many turnovers or fewer and lost the game.
- J.J. Barea had 13 assists in Dallas' loss to Houston on Sunday. This was tied for the second-most assists off the bench by any player this season, trailing only Tim Frazier's 14 assists against Atlanta on January 27.
- Since the All-Star break, Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 20.6 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting from the floor. He has also missed just one free-throw attempt (22-of-23, .957), third-best percentage by any player in NBA since the break (minimum 20 attempts).
- With his three-pointer on Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki has reached 1900 made three-pointers in his career, becoming the 11th player to reach that plateau. He also has 11,267 career rebounds and is now the only player in NBA history with 1900 three-pointers and 10,000 rebounds in a career.
- Blazers beat Clips for 13th straight win
- Westbrook 37-14-13; Raptors' run ends
- Harden has 34 as Rockets hold off Wolves
- Davis leads Pelicans by banged-up Celts
- Butler could return before season ends
Losers of seven straight and 15 of 16, the New York Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden with a chance for at least temporary relief against another one of the NBA's worst teams.
The Mavericks (21-46) enter the matchup marginally hotter than the Knicks -- Dallas had its two-game winning streak snapped Sunday by the league-leading Houston Rockets -- but New York (24-43) has a three-game advantage in the win column.
Or would that be disadvantage, given that all these teams are fighting for now is better lottery seeding?
Even if that is the new goal, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek wouldn't admit to tanking, though he would admit that losing all these games has been tough, particularly for a prize that is sometimes fleeting.
"It's hard to go through," Hornacek said. "A lot of teams, players, coaches, it's tough to go through that. It does take a while. You're not always going to hit that draft pick.
"You see this year you get a (Utah rookie) Donovan Mitchell at, what he'd go, 12 or something? Thirteen? You can find players like that. Guys all play the percentages. The higher the picks, you're usually going to hit with those guys."
The Mavericks hit on one of those lower-lottery picks this season, nabbing point guard and second-leading scorer Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the draft -- one spot after the Knicks selected rookie guard Frank Ntilikina.
Smith, though, is coming off perhaps his worst game as a pro, a four-point performance on 2-of-12 shooting from the field against the Rockets on Sunday.
He's looking to regain the form that saw him drop 20 points in three of his first 12 games.
"He's 20 years old," Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki told reporters of Smith. "His floor game is going to get better. His decision-making is going to get better. I love when he attacks. That's what he's meant to do in this league."
Like Dallas, New York is looking to see more out of its young players.
Hornacek has recently tinkered with the Knicks' lineup, giving Ntilikina and former first-round picks Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke more playing time in recent weeks, as the coach has fought rumors of tanking.
"There's a difference between tanking and trying to look at the future," Hornacek told reporters recently. "We brought Trey in from the G-League and Emmanuel from another team. That's a totally separate thought process. We're seeing if they can play for us.
"We're trying to evaluate our three young point guards. Moving forward, we got to make decisions on those guys. We have to play them as many minutes as possible."
On Monday, the Mavericks learned that shooting guard Wesley Matthews will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of a broken leg, according to ESPN.com. He was injured in Saturday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 31-year-old Matthews averaged 12.7 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range this season.
Updated March 12, 2018