NBA: Knicks Can’t Slow Down Luka in Loss to Mavs
Hours after a blockbuster trade was completed with the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks couldn’t slow down All-Star Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at the Garden on Thursday. Doncic scored 39 to lead all scorers as the Mavs came away victorious 122-108.
It was the second loss in the last three for the Knicks who are the walking wounded right now with Jalen Brunson, OG Anunoby, Mitchell Robinson, and Julius Randle all out with injuries.
“I thought we did some good things,” Knicks Head Coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We had a tough stretch in the third, but then I liked the way we fought back in the fourth.”
Donte DiVincenzo was the best player on the floor for the Knicks. He led the team with 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting, which included making seven three-pointers.
Josh Hart was equally effective for New York, posting a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Knicks should have Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic for their next game against Indiana.
NETS CRUSHED BY CAVS
Meanwhile, over in Brooklyn, the Nets had a rough time of it against the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing 118-95.
Donovan Mitchell led the way for Cleveland with 27 points on 10-0f-18 shooting. In fact Cleveland overall shot a staggering 54 percent from the floor as compared to just 40 percent from the field by the Nets.
Leading the way for Brooklyn was Mikal Bridges who dished out 26 points on 10-of-23 shooting.
Brooklyn trailed by double-digits for predominantly the entire night, trailing Cleveland by 11 after the first quarter. The Nets have lost three in a row, sit at 20-31 on the year. They host the Spurs on Saturday.