Nowitzki, Mavs cruise past hapless Knicks

New York, NY ( - Dirk Nowitzki registered 16 points with five rebounds and five assists to lead a balanced effort in the Dallas Mavericks' 107-87 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Devin Harris tallied 11 points off the bench and J.J. Barea added 10 in a reserve role for the Mavs.

Tyson Chandler, who was acquired by Dallas along with Raymond Felton in an offseason trade with the Knicks, notched eight points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in his return to Madison Square Garden.

"To get a positive response (from the fans) felt great because I feel that way about them," Chandler said of his return.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 26 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting for New York, which has lost 12 of its last 13 games.

Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin, both sent to New York in the Chandler deal, combined for 12 points in the loss. Larkin netted nine points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench. Samuel Dalembert was also traded from Dallas in that deal and was held scoreless in five minutes as a reserve.

Dallas came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. The Mavs shot at a scorching 73-percent clip, including a 57-percent rate from 3-point range, leading by as many as 19 and taking a 36-24 lead into the second.

"I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game," said Knicks coach Derek Fisher. "Guys that start the game need to be mentally and physically ready to play."

Chandler got into the action early as he opened the scoring with an alley-oop slam from Ellis that was part of six straight makes to start the game for Dallas. Jameer Nelson had the first miss 3:32 into the contest.

The Knicks netted the first eight points of the second quarter to cut the deficit to four, but they went without a field goal for nearly five minutes after that. The Mavs pushed the margin to 54-44 at halftime.

Dallas went up by 15 after Nowitzki canned three free throws, then Jason Smith knocked down a jumper to cut the margin to 81-68 after three quarters.

Barea drained a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth that were part of an 11-2 run. The Mavs led by as many as 25 in the final frame, sending New York to its sixth consecutive loss at home.

Game Notes

The Knicks' last win at home came on Nov. 22 against Philadelphia ... Parsons missed Saturday's 105-98 loss to Golden State with lower back soreness ... Dallas went 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc ... Each team scored 19 points off turnovers ... The Mavs went 8-for-8 from the foul line and New York converted 8-of-10 of its free throws ... Pablo Prigioni dished out a game-high nine assists for the Knicks.