Knicks take down the defending champs as J.R. Smith makes his broadway debut

Keywords: jr smith, jeremy lin, tyson chandler, dirk nowitzki, mavericks 

After a brutal showing against the lowly Hornets, the Knicks were the ones stinging (bad Hornets pun) the opposition today. Many speculated that the Mavs would shutdown the Knicks new offense, saying they are the first real team the Knickerbockers have played. Yet as Lin and the Knicks have done for the past 9 games, they showed all the doubters they were wrong.  Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavericks dropping a game high 34 points on the Knicks. But it was the former Mavericks champion Tyson Chandler that would get his team the win.


Chandler had a double double as he continues to benefit from playing with Jeremy Lin. Lin had his usual 28 points to go along with yet another career high 14 assist. J.R. Smith got the Garden pumped dropping three treys on the day to finish with 15 points in his Knicks debut. After the 104-97 win, the Knicks have shown they can compete with even the elite teams.