Knicks takeaways from Thursday's 128-124 loss to Mavericks, including late comeback attempt falling short

The Knicks saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as they were defeated by the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 128-124 on Thursday night.

Here are some takeaways...

- The Knicks, who have run teams off the court and played tremendous defense in each of their last three contests, got a taste of their own medicine early and often in this one. Dallas shot 69 percent from the field and 80 percent from behind the arc to put up 44 points in the first quarter.

With MVP candidate Luka Doncic sidelined, Kyrie Irving led the way with 10 points and six rebounds. Jalen Brunson got off to a slow start in his return to Dallas, starting just 1-for-5 from the field, and New York found themselves in an 18-point hole.

- The Knicks settled in early in the second quarter with Josh Hart and Precious Achiuwa helping cut into the deficit, but Dallas simply couldn't miss from behind the arc as Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a pair of threes to add to his 16 first-half points.

New York got back to within 10 points midway through the second frame, but frustration began to kick in as back-to-back offensive fouls from Julius Randle and a Brunson technical foul helped the Mavs stretch the advantage back to 18 heading into the break (74-55).

- The second half was a game of runs on both ends. Randle came out scorching hot after the break, dropping 18 points prior to the midway point of the quarter, cutting the deficit down to single digits for the first time since the opening frame. The Knicks went on a five-minute stretch without a field goal after that, though, allowing Dallas to add back on and they carried a double-digit lead into the fourth.

- New York made another strong push midway through the fourth, going on a 24-6 run late in the quarter. After six straight points from Brunson, a massive Donte DiVincenzo corner three cut the lead all the way down to one.

Josh Green would nail a clutch three of his own for the Mavs, though, and Irving put the game on ice down the stretch to snap the Knicks' winning streak at five games.

Randle led the team with 32 points and Brunson finished with 30 of his own in his return to Dallas. Irving was outstanding with a 44-point, 10-assist double-double and Hardaway Jr. finished with 32 points and six made threes against his former team.


What's next

New York concludes its brief two-game road trip with a Saturday night matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, who will be without star point guard Ja Morant for the remainder of the season.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at FedExForum Arena.