Illness sidelines Troy Murphy

DALLAS -- An upper respiratory illness cut short Troy Murphy's first start with the Mavericks.

A team spokesman said at halftime that Murphy would not be available the remainder of the game against the Knicks.

Murphy had no points on 0-of-3 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes during the first half.

Elton Brand, who had started all 11 games he previously played in for the Mavs, had four points, six rebounds and two steals in 11 minutes off the bench in the first half. Brand played those minutes at center, not power forward.