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Knicks-Mavericks score: Knicks drop second game of the season, 114-111, to Mavericks

The Knicks fought until the end, but 27 points from O.J. Mayo was too much for New York to overcome.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

O.J. Mayo scored 27 points as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the New York Knicks, 114-111, Wednesday night in Dallas, Texas.

The loss was only the second of the year for New York, who drops to 8-2 on the season.

In addition to Mayo, Vince Carter came off the bench to score 25 to help lead the Mavericks, who are now 7-6.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 23 points. Tyson Chandler posted a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists.

The Knicks held a five-point lead at halftime, but were outscored by nine in the third quarter. Mayo scored 12 points in the third, including seven in the final 2:41.

Both teams posted similar shooting numbers, with the Mavericks making 49.4 percent of their attempts and the Knicks shooting 50.6 percent.

Dallas, however, out-rebounded New York, 42 to 37, led by eight from Elton Brand. Mayo was the only Dallas player to appear in the game and not record a rebound.

The Knicks travel to Houston Friday to face the Rockets and old friend Jeremy Lin.