Even one of Dirk Nowitzki's best performances and Jason Terry's return to the court couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks extend their longest winning streak of the season.
The Mavericks could have an ideal opportunity to bounce back Monday night when they return home to face the struggling Boston Celtics, who might not have Kevin Garnett available.
Dallas (20-12) had won six in a row before a 104-97 loss at New York on Sunday. Nowitzki scored a season-high 34 points and Jason Terry had 13 after sitting out the previous two contests, but it wasn't enough.
Terry did not play Friday in Philadelphia due to "a personal situation" according to coach Rick Carlisle, and also missed Wednesday's victory over Denver due to a strained right quad.
The Mavericks had only one other player score in double figures - Shawn Marion with 14 points - and they gave up 32 in both the first and fourth quarters. Dallas entered the final period with a three-point lead.