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Nowitzki had 11 points, including a four-point play, during an 18-7 surge out of halftime, and the Mavs would go up by 12 when his free throws made it 70-58 with 4:17 left in the third quarter. The Knicks closed the period with a 14-5 burst behind eight points from Lin, whose steal and dunk with 12.5 seconds left narrowed it to 75-72.

Notes: Baron Davis was in uniform but didn’t play. He expects to make his season debut this week. … Cuban, on the decision not to re-sign Chandler: “We wouldn’t have been champions without Tyson. He’s a phenomenal player, he’s got incredible heart, he’s amazing in the locker room and that’s why we went out and got him. But the CBA changed everything and you have to adjust how you build and grow and maintain a team and try to win championship. So we did what we felt we had to do, not because we wanted to do it.”