RJ Barrett stay hot, propel Knicks past Mavericks

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January 12, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots as he is defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

RJ Barrett scored a high 32 points on Wednesday night for host New York Knicks, who came back to the 0.500 mark with a 108-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Barrett, who collected 31 points in Monday’s victory over Spurs, is the youngest player in franchise history to record consecutive games with at least 30 points and has scored at least 30 three times during of his last five games. He’s scored at least 30 points just three times in his first 158 ​​NBA games.

Julius Randle (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (19 points, 10 rebounds) each achieved double-doubles for the Knicks, who won four of five to move to 21-21 – the first time they were at . 500 since he was 12-12 on Dec.7. Evan Fournier scored 13 points and Alec Burks added 10 points.

Luka Doncic scored 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose six-game winning streak was interrupted. Dallas, whose average streak winning margin was 15.7 points, was looking to win seven in a row for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Jalen Brunson scored 14 points and ex-Knick Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points.

Doncic’s back-to-back baskets gave the Mavericks their only 8-7 lead, but Burks hit a pair of 3s to end an unanswered eight-point streak from the Knicks, who led up to 11 points before end the quarter with a 30-21 lead.

Hardaway scored the first six points of the second for the Mavericks, who came close to 32-30 on a 3-point run from Marquese Chriss. The Knicks started to pull away gradually and headed for halftime with a 56-45 lead after a pair of free throws from Burks with 16.9 seconds left.

The Mavericks scored six of the first eight points in the third before the Knicks scored 11 straight points in a run they extended to 14-1 when Barrett’s 3-point gave New York a 72-52 lead.

A Barrett’s dunk with 10:11 left gave the Knicks a 90-68 lead, after which New York missed its next nine shots. But the Mavericks scored just eight points in that span before Robinson converted an old-fashioned 3-point game and delivered an emphatic dunk on back-to-back possessions to fuel an 18-9 streak.

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