Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Howard led a balanced attack with 19 points, and Jason Kidd filled the scorebook with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, as Dallas rallied to down the New York Knicks, 99-94.
Antoine Wright joined five others in double figures with 13 points, Brandon Bass notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Terry joined Dirk Nowitzki with 10 points apiece. Nowitzki also added seven boards and seven assists for the Mavericks, who won their second straight and for the fifth time in six games.
Chris Duhon scored 24 points with seven assists to pace New York, while Wilson Chandler added 20 points and Al Harrington donated 14 points and six rebounds. David Lee registered a double-double with 13 points and a game-best 15 rebounds and Tim Thomas added 10 points off the bench for the Knicks, who dropped their second straight.
Dallas continued to be a house of horrors for the Knicks, who lost for the ninth consecutive time on the road against the Mavericks and haven't come out victorious in Dallas since December 16, 1999.
The Mavericks have won seven straight and 14 of 15 in the series overall.
The Knicks led 29-27 after one period and took a 59-54 lead into the locker room before Dallas came out and seized the edge in the third quarter. The Mavericks closed the period on an 10-0 stretch to take a two-point lead.
Howard's jumper started the period-closing spurt and James Singleton's pull-up jumper gave the Mavericks an 80-78 advantage.
The back-and-forth duel continued as Kidd's jumper handed Dallas a 87-86 lead, and his three-pointer minutes later extended the edge to 93-89. New York fought back with Harrington's three-point play, cutting the deficit to 95-94 with 2:17 to go.
The Knicks even had their chances to take the lead in the final minute, but Duhon missed a pair of shots and Dallas drained its free throws down the stretch to hold on.