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Knicks Defeat Mavericks 104-94 for Best NBA Start in 19 Years

The New York Knicks defeated the Dallas Mavericks 104-94 to improve their record to 4-0, their best start to the National Basketball Association season in 19 years.

Carmelo Anthony was the game’s high scorer with 31 points and J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 22 points for the Knicks last night on their home court at Madison Square Garden.

The last time the Knicks started the season undefeated in four games was in 1993-94 when they went 7-0 and advanced to the NBA Finals where they lost the best-of-seven series 4-3 to the Houston Rockets.

“New York’s a veteran team and if you give them more possessions and you give them possessions on catastrophic turnovers, they’re going to convert them into points,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “They’re a very good team. In my opinion they’re one of the handful of teams that has a chance to come out of the East.”

New York is the only NBA team with a perfect record and leads the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division by 1 ½ games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Knicks had a 55-47 halftime lead over the Mavericks and outscored Dallas 49-37 in the second half.

O.J. Mayo had 23 points and reserve Vince Carter scored 15 for the Mavericks, who had their three-game winning streak broken.

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