New York squeeze by Mavericks

08 January 2018 11:53:41 EST

The Dallas Mavericks almost completed a 13 point comeback with less than five minutes left, but the New York Knicks held on to defeat the hosts 100-96 Sunday evening at the American Airlines Center.

Leading the way for New York was Kristaps Porzingis who scored a game high 29 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out an assist.

The Knicks snapped a three game losing streak with the victory and have won only three of their past 10 contests. The visitors from New York City currently are in 10th position in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-21 on the season and are only four games behind the fourth place Washington Wizards.

The Eastern Conference continues to be a logjam of mediocrity, with any squad seemingly having the chance to pull an upset each evening.

Harrison Barnes led the way for Dallas, as the 25 year old former Golden State Warrior from Ames, Iowa scored a team high 25 points while grabbing seven rebounds and passing out three assists for the game.

The Mavericks were unable to snap their own losing streak that now stands at three games and they remain percentage points ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers for last place in the Western Conference.

The Knicks will now head home to Madison Square Garden in New York to take on the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Mavericks will welcome the Orlando Magic to Dallas on Tuesday.

The Warriors are 10/19 to win the NBA Championship and the Cleveland Cavaliers are priced at 13/2.

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