O.J. Mayo scored 10 of 27 points over the final six minutes of the third quarter, when Dallas charged ahead, and the Mavericks held on for a 114-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Mayo put Dallas ahead to stay with a 17-foot fadeaway jumper with 43 seconds left in the third quarter to break an 80-all tie. That was part of a 20-8 spurt to end the period against the Knicks (8-2).
Vince Carter had 25 points, including a floater with 6 minutes left that made it 102-90. But that almost wasn't enough against a Knicks team featuring Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, both members of Dallas' only NBA championship team just two seasons ago.
Chandler had three three-point plays in a 21-10 spurt that followed for the Knicks, who had been the NBA's only one-loss team.
The last of Chandler's three-point plays came with 1:37 left, when he was fouled by Carter making a basket and hit the free throw to get the Knicks within 112-109.
After Carter threw up a wil...