Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 19 points in the first quarter to jump-start the New York Knicks' 92-80 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.
New York led by as many as 19 points and held off a second-half rally that pulled the Mavericks within six. The Knicks went 2-1 on a four-day trip through Texas.
Anthony scored six points during a 12-0 run in the first that gave the Knicks a 24-13 lead. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost their fourth consecutive home game.
Kenyon Martin scored six points in a 1:13 span early in the third quarter that gave New York a 58-39 lead. He had 10 of the Knicks' 15 points in the quarter and finished with a season-high 14.
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