Mavericks rally for key win over Knicks

Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:50am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The playoff chase wouldn't have died if the Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday.

But it sure would have looked bleak.

Reserve guard J.J. Barea did his part and more to make sure Dallas remains squarely in the hunt.

The wily veteran scored 26 points in a must-have game, and the Mavs rallied past the Knicks 91-89 at American Airlines Center.

"I'm tired but I'm happy with my team and proud that we got this win," Barea said.

Dallas moved into a tie with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz for seventh place in the Western Conference standings. The three teams, all 37-38, are battling for the last two playoff positions.

Barea led a fourth-quarter charge as Dallas came back from seven down to start the period.

The high-energy backup tied the game at 86-86 with a 3-pointer with 2-1/2 minutes remaining.

After Knicks star Carmelo Anthony gave the visitors an 89-88 lead with 1:01 remaining, Barea came back with a driving layup for put Dallas back on top.   Continued...

Mar 30, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (2) blocks a shot by New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant (13) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports