2006_01_sstpehon.jpgIt almost got away from them last night. After building an 18-point first-half lead, the Knicks needed overtime to finally subdue the Mavericks 117-115. Stephon Marbury continued his resurgence with 28 points while Jamal Crawford added 25. The win is the fifth straight for New York and marks their longest winning streak in two years.

Unlike their previous four wins, this one was not marked by a solid defensive effort. Dallas shot 53% from the field while New York only shot 42%. What kept the Knicks in the game was their effort on the boards and their foul shooting. They outrebounded Dallas 54-37 including 28 offensive rebounds and made 31 of 33 from the line.

The Knicks now have a chance to put together a long winning streak. Their next four opponents are all under .500 and with the way the Knicks are playing, winning three out of four isn’t too much to ask.

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