NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas has been so bad that Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t aware the Mavericks hadn’t won on the road in more than a month.
“I didn’t even know it’s been this long,” he said. “We keep playing hard. There’s obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we’re one of the teams that still wants to win and we’ll see where we end up at the end in the draft.”
Probably right around the Knicks, because they look every bit as bad.
Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and Dallas turned around the game in the third quarter on its way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over New York, which lost its eighth straight game.
Dallas couldn’t stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.
Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell finished with 10, but eight came during a game-changing 14-0 run in the third quarter. Smith said it was clear the Knicks’ spirits sagged during that stretch.
“Yeah, they lost a little spunk whenever we really locked in defensively,” he said.
Dallas (22-46) ended a six-game road skid with its first victory since Feb. 3 at Sacramento.
Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks (24-44), who got a visit from Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.
This one looked as if it could be different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 shots against defenseless Dallas. But the Mavs made enough shots of their own to stay in the game, then surged ahead after halftime.
“They kind of lit us up there in the first quarter and I thought after that we adjusted pretty well, made it a little harder,” Nowitzki said.
It was tied at 64 before Barnes scored on a follow shot to start the 14-0 spurt that included two 3-pointers and another basket by Ferrell.
Dallas outscored New York 26-12 in the third, a problematic period lately for the Knicks.
“I think it’s a lack of focus,” guard Trey Burke said. “First half we play a certain way. Second half we have our stretches where we are not as locked in as we need to be on the defensive end. It showed tonight and it is showing last couple of weeks.”
New York closed within four in the fourth quarter as Burke led a rally, but Smith made a 3-pointer and Barnes followed with four straight points to put it away.
Pacers 101, 76ers 98
PHILADELPHIA — Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.
Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28), who overcame an off shooting night by leading scorer Victor Oladipo to win their third straight and improve to a season-high 12 games over .500. They were coming off a 99-97 victory at Boston on Sunday night.
Joel Embiid had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Simmons finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers (36-30), who had won 13 straight home games.
Timberwolves 116, Wizards 111
WASHINGTON — Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the mouth that left him down on the court and finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds.
Towns shot 13 for 17, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and showed no ill effects after getting knocked in the face with about a minute left in the first half.
A 20-3 run capped by an inside basket from Andrew Wiggins off Towns’ assist put Minnesota up 105-98 with less than 5 1/2 minutes to go. After the Wizards got within 111-109, Towns sank a corner 3 with 29 seconds left to push the visitors’ lead back up to five.
Markieff Morris led Washington with a season-high 27 points, and Bradley Beal added 19.
Thunder 119, Hawks 107
ATLANTA — Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career, and the Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks.
Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.
Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 25 points.
Cavaliers 129, Suns 107
PHOENIX — LeBron James had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 69th career triple-double, powering the Cavaliers to the wire-to-wire victory.
James is averaging a triple-double over his last 15 games.
Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Kyle Korver had 22 for the Cavaliers, who bounced back from losses to the Clippers and Lakers with a dominating victory. Korver went 5 for 6 from 3-point range in his first start of the season.
T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson scored 19 apiece and Devin Booker added 17 for the Suns, losers of six straight and 21 of their last 23.
Raptors 116, Nets 102
NEW YORK — Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto earned its ninth straight win.
DeMar DeRozan and reserve Fred VanVleet scored 15 points apiece, and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 11 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who held Brooklyn to 35 points after halftime and won a franchise record-tying seventh straight road game.
D’Angelo Russell hit his first seven shots — all 3-pointers — and scored 24 points in the first quarter for the Nets, who have lost 11 straight to the Raptors. Russell finished with 32 points, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 19.
Jazz 110, Pistons 79
SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, sending Utah to its seventh consecutive victory.
The Jazz had six players score in double figures. Joe Ingles added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Luke Kennard scored 18 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 14.
Donovan Mitchell hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter and put the Jazz ahead 81-51.
Lakers 112, Nuggets 103
LOS ANGELES — Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied for the win.
Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma each had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 13. Kuzma had only two points in the first half.
The Lakers have won three of four, including a 127-113 victory over LeBron James and Cleveland on Sunday night.
Wilson Chandler had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which beat Los Angeles 125-116 on Friday night. Jamal Murray finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Pelicans 119, Hornets 115
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, leading New Orleans to the victory.
Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 17 assists and Jrue Holiday highlighted a 25-point, nine-assist performance with 10 points in the final 2:39, starting with a 3 that put the Pelicans in front.
Holiday’s second 3 in that stretch widened New Orleans’ lead to five points with 1:19 to go and he added a driving finger roll that made it 117-110 with 30 seconds left. The Pelicans had dropped two in a row.
Dwight Howard had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Charlotte, while Kemba Walker added 22 points.
Clippers 112, Bulls 106
CHICAGO — DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, leading the Clippers to the road win.
Lou Williams scored 26 and Tobias Harris had 18 points for Los Angeles, which took control late in the third quarter on the way to its fifth win in six games.
Bobby Portis led Chicago with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kris Dunn added 18 points and six assists. But with Lauri Markkanen sidelined by lower back spasms, the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Spurs 108, Magic 72
SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, helping San Antonio stop a three-game slide.
The Spurs led 62-37 at halftime and extended that cushion to 39 entering the fourth quarter.
Patty Mills had 13 points for San Antonio, and Dejounte Murray, Danny Green and Pau Gasol each had 11.
Orlando has lost five straight and 12 of 14. Nikola Vucevic and Jonathon Simmons each had 10 points for the Magic.