New York City knows how to do it big. It is the city home to the Empire State Building, the brand new rebuilt World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and many other tall buildings and sculptures that light up the New York Tri-State area. It is a city that just came off of hosting its first ever Superbowl. It is the city that has the old saying, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
Madison Square Garden is located in New York City as well. Madison Square Garden is known as “the world’s most famous arena.” The NBA basketball team that calls that arena home is one thing that actually stands small in New York, that team is the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks have been a disaster this season and going into Monday night’s game they had been losers of two in a row and they had lost 8 out of their last 10. Their opponent, the Dallas Mavericks came into MSG winners of three in a row and winners of 8 out of their last 10. Last night, once again, it would be the opponent who would come into New York City’s Madison Square Garden and have the last laugh of the night and it came at the hands of that team’s superstar player.
The Knicks and Mavericks battled all night, it was a high scoring back and forth affair that was fun for the crowd to watch. Carmelo Anthony was abusing the Mavericks left and right. Anthony finished with 44 points and even had 21 of those 44 points come off of three pointers.
The Mavericks had three 20 point scorers last night. Vince Carter led the Mavericks scoring 23 points, Monta Ellis tagged right behind Carter with 22 and Jose Calderon came in with 20.
Carmelo Anthony did not care about how many Mavs players scored 20 points or more. Anthony was on a mission to get a win and to get his Knicks on the right track. With 1:37 left in the affair, the Knicks trailed 108-100. Anthony was able to lead the Knicks back to a tie of 108 with 50.9 seconds left.
The score stayed pat for the next 40 seconds and it would be Dallas’ turn to inbound the ball. The Mavericks decided to give the ball to the best player in Dallas Mavericks history in Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki, up to this point had a below average game in the “world’s most famous arena.” At this point, Nowitzki was 5-12 with 13 points.
Nowitzki got the ball with about 7 seconds left and had Carmelo Anthony all over him. The stage was set. You had two of the best stars in the NBA playing for a big win at Madison Square Garden in New York City. How would it play out? Nowitzki would let the shot release out of his hand with about 2.9 seconds left, and the ball would rattle above the rim and sink right through the net giving the Mavericks the win with a final score of 110-108. Nowitzki would finish with 15 points off of 6-13 shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki said after the game, “it was probably the ugliest game-winner I ever shot. I didn’t even feel like celebrating it was so ugly.” Regardless of how it looked, at the end of the day, it was still a win. Dirk, to no surprise stood big in a city that knows how to do things big. We will see if the Mavs can continue their winning ways against New Orleans Wednesday night at the AAC.