Knicks use huge third quarter to clobber Nowitzki-less Mavericks
New York's Kristaps Porzingis battles Dallas' Andrew Bogut for the ball. AP

THE Knicks used a huge third quarter to take control, cruising to a 93-77 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, who were still missing main man Dirk Nowitzki, on Monday in New York (Tuesday, Manila time).

Carmelo Anthony led the way as the Knicks scored 31 while limiting the Mavericks to 12 points the third, and kept on pounding en route to their fourth win in 10 games.

The Knicks stopped a two-game slide, with Anthony scoring 24 points on 8 of 18 shooting.

Kristaps Porzingis also came up with 24 points,  making 8 of 16 field goal attempts.

Nowitzki was out of the fourth straight game with a sore right Achilles tendon.

It was the second straight loss for Dallas after bowing to the Golden State Warriors, and seventh defeat in nine games.

Harrison Barnes led the way for Dallas with 20 points, while JJ Barea was the only other Maverick to score in double figures with 17.

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