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Kyrie Irving shouts without Doncic, brings Knicks down to earth

In the absence of Luka Doncic due to a sprained ankle, the Dallas Mavericks halted the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak, securing a 128-124 victory.

Despite the Mavericks' early dominance, leading by 18 points in the first quarter and extending it to a 21-point advantage in the third period, the Knicks mounted a late surge, narrowing the gap to just one point with 1.08 remaining, but ultimately falling short of completing the comeback.

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Irving stood out

Kyrie Irving emerged as the standout performer of the night, setting a scoring record with the Mavericks by contributing 44 points and 10 assists.

His remarkable performance, including 15 of 26 field goals and 6 of 10 three-pointers, propelled the Mavericks to victory. Tim Hardway Jr. also played a crucial role for Dallas, contributing 32 points and 6 rebounds.

Jalen Brunson (30 points and 8 assists) and Julius Randle (32 points and 6 rebounds) showcased their skills for the Knicks, but it wasn't enough to secure a victory.

This defeat marked the first for the Knicks in 2024, ending their undefeated streak and highlighting the impact of OG Anunoby, who joined the team recently in an effort to elevate the Knicks' competitiveness in the Eastern Conference.

Since the acquisition of Anunoby, the Knicks have achieved a 5-1 record, emphasizing the positive trajectory of their project in the East's elite under the guidance

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