The Knicks are better and their victory this night, obtained with the way against the Mavericks, can testify (108-85). Especially since it allows them to find a balanced balance sheet.
Now victorious in seven of its last ten games, the New York franchise had no trouble dominating this Mavs team, which nevertheless remained on six consecutive successes.
It must be said that the collective of New York (all holders with 10 points or more), led by a super RJ Barrett (32 points), did not leave the slightest chance to Dallas, dominated from start to finish and far too clumsy from afar to hope for better. Like a caricatural Luka Doncic of himself (21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, but with 5 ball losses and 8/23 on shots, including 1/9 from 3-pointers).
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
— Perfect evening for New York. Well launched by Evan Fournier and Mitchell Robinson, who then passed the baton to Alec Burks, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle, the Knicks unfolded their basketball today. Never worried, and in the lead from start to finish, the New York players delighted the Garden, which has not seen its team lose in its midst for three weeks. Once is not custom, it is even the holders of New York who carried the franchise, while Randle fed on the energy of the public, instilled by Barrett and Robinson, to revive. We told you: all the lights were green, at “Big Apple”.
— Dallas never in the game. End of series for the Mavericks, unable to challenge the New York domination for a single moment. Beyond having offered a less effective defense at the start of the game, the Texan players mainly collapsed on the offensive level, aligning the failures on easy shots. This had the merit of very quickly killing their confidence. A match without, quite simply, as sometimes happens in a season, and where everything is to be thrown away. Even on the side of Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson, usually irreproachable for the Mavs. Their rebound will therefore be expected on Friday evening.
✅ RJ Barrett. In 2022, the Canadian continues to shine at Madison Square Garden and his audience pays him back. On several occasions, New York fans have been heard chanting “RJ BAR-RETT!” “, so as to show him all their love. Because, the more the days pass, the more the rear of (only) 21 years imposes himself as the leader of attack of the Knicks, since he has just succeeded in his third outing of the year at 30+ points. Full of confidence, the 3rd choice of the 2019 Draft is formidable from afar and up close, and it’s all New York that benefits from his solid performances (five wins in five games, when he scores 30+ points).
✅ Mitchell Robinson. In double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds), the pivot of the Knicks reigned supreme in the racket. Last night, his intensity on both sides of the floor, at the start of each half, did his team a world of good, who obviously did not stop showering him with balls. And, if his replacement Nerlens Noel was also valuable, for his return to competition, Mitchell Robinson is the one who stood out the most, against this interior sector of Dallas orphaned by Kristaps Porzingis and clearly not up to it. .
✅ Quentin Grimes. Between his great defensive activity on Luka Doncic, his sense of sacrifice on both sides of the floor and his 3/6 3-point attack, the Knicks rookie once again brought solid and interesting minutes today. Demonstrating that he had well deserved his place in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
⛔️ Dallas 3-point address. Illustrated by Luka Doncic’s 1/9 and Tim Hardaway Jr’s 1/7, the failure behind the Mavericks arc (8/37) weighed them down considerably. The Texan shooters had good shooting positions tonight, but they never really knew how to convert them. Both in the first and second half. The more time passed, the more the failures followed one another and the more the gap widened. Which inevitably had the gift of pushing Doncic, Hardaway Jr. and others to shoot more to pick up, without more success. An evening without, neither more nor less.
New York (21-21) : trip to Atlanta, on the night of Saturday to Sunday (01:30).
Dallas (22-19) : trip to Memphis, on the night of Friday to Saturday (04:00).