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Barea drove into the lane unimpeded for layups at least twice in the third quarter as the Knicks appeared to simply stop trying. It was an embarrasing effort lowlighted when Jeffries botched a layup on the break and the ball was batted off his head out of bounds on the rebound.
NOTES: The Knicks' last win over Dallas was Jan. 11, 2006. ... Mavs coach Rick Carlisle has a chance to coach the Western Conference in the All-Star game in Dallas. The coaches of the teams with the best records in each conference through next Sunday's games earn the right, and with the Lakers' Phil Jackson ineligible because he coached last year, Carlisle entered Sunday a game behind Denver's George Karl. ... Jeffries hadn't had a double-digit quarter since scoring 11 points in the first period against Milwaukee on April 12, 2006, according to STATS LLC. ... Knicks starting point guard Chris Duhon came in 4 of 33 from the field the previous six games, then missed his first four attempts.
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