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Mavericks 99, Knicks 86: Scenes from an offensive crapfest

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Bleh.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are officially in a slump.

Friday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks marked yet another return of the hated Kristaps Porzingis, but that is no longer the story these days. What really matters at the moment is that they let another winnable game slip through their fingers because they simply cannot score.

The game started off well for New York, particularly as the second unit took over in the second quarter. Alec Burks was hot, and rookie pariah Obi Toppin had his best stretch in an eternity with 9 first-half points. The Knicks held a 13-point lead, but just as they did on Wednesday in Minnesota, the starters coughed it up by the end of the quarter. Dallas didn’t play well all night, and let the sleepwalking Knicks keep it close throughout the second half, but New York never emerged from their stupor.

Julius Randle (5-20 shooting) and RJ Barrett (3-11 shooting) were dreadful. The return of Derrick Rose (1-10 shooting) failed to help.

I leave y’all with the game’s one highlight, courtesy of Obi.

Recap to come.