NEW YORK — Canada’s RJ Barrett had 32 points, Mitchell Robinson had a season-high 19 and the New York Knicks broke the Dallas Mavericks’ six-game winning streak with a 108-85 win Wednesday night.
Barrett, 21, from Mississauga, Ontario, became the youngest Knick in history to score more than 30 points in consecutive games.
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Robinson threw three dunks in a strong third quarter for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games and returned to .500 at 21-21. He shot 9 for 10 from the field and had 10 rebounds.
Julius Randle finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Booed in the last game after sticking his thumb in the crowd last week, he gave fans nothing to fret about with a strong all-around game.
Luka Doncic had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had six straight wins for the first time since 2016 and were looking for their longest winning streak in eight games in their 2010-11 NBA championship season.
But after ending Chicago’s nine-game winning streak in their last game, the Mavericks fought off an 8-for-37 (21.6%) evening from a 3-point range. Doncic had just five assists, partly because his teammates missed so many open looks from behind the arc – even though he was only 1 for 9 there himself.
Dallas was left without coach Jason Kidd and former Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis due to health and safety protocols.
The Knicks led by 11 points in the last minute of the first quarter after consecutive baskets from Barrett, and that was still the lead as they went 56-45 at halftime.
With the Knicks leading 58-51, Robinson dove home an offensive rebound and then hit with another follow-up shot. A 3-pointer from Barrett was followed by another dunk from Robinson before Randle’s three-pointer game capped the 11-0 run to make it 69-51.
Again, it wasn’t quite close. As Dallas got to 14 in the fourth, Robinson converted another offensive rebound into a three-point play and followed with another dunk that made it 95-76.
Outsider: Dallas was ushered by a acting head coach for his second straight visit to Madison Square Garden. Last April it was Jamahl Mosley, now coaching Orlando, standing in for Rick Carlisle. Sean Sweeney runs the Mavs in Kidd’s absence. … Jalen Brunson had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Curtsy: Kemba Walker missed his sixth straight game with a sore left knee and coach Tom Thibodeau again said the point guard is close to returning. … Evan Fournier scored 13 points.
PLAN TO PLAY
Although Walker hasn’t played since appearing on both ends of a back-to-back on December 28 and 29, Thibodeau didn’t rule out Walker playing back-to-back nights in the future. He said this will be determined with input from the player and medical staff.
“I think they will do the same. You will talk to him to see where he is and if he can go, he will go, and if he can’t go and it’s wiser to take the game from him, hand the game to him. So right now we have guys back so we have good depth.
In addition to Porzingis, the Mavs’ Tim Hardaway Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Reggie Bullock, Trey Burke and Theo Pinson are former Knicks.
Outsider: Visit Memphis on Friday.
Curtsy: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.