The basket was shaking and Tyson Chandler was screaming, definitely toward though maybe not at the voices he recognized near the Dallas bench.
His more important words came long before that dunk that helped the New York Knicks put away the Mavericks.
Chandler told his teammates at halftime not to let their perfect record get ruined, and they responded with a 104-94 victory Friday night to improve their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0.
''Tyson's always vocal. In the locker room he was very vocal, just about not letting this one slip away from us,'' said Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 31 points.
''We got up to play in that third quarter, second half, got up defensively, denied the passing lanes and we played our defense that we've been playing for the last week.''
Reserve JR Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team in the NBA. They hadn't been perfect after four games since the 1993-94 team started 7-0 en route to the NBA Finals.
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