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At the half: Knicks 48, Mavs 45

NEW YORK -- The Dallas Mavericks quickly erased a 12-point deficit with a 14-2 run and the rest of the second quarter went back and forth, but the Knicks never relinquished the lead.

Jeremy Lin is doing a nice job with a team-high 12 points and six assists. The Mavs have not been able to induce him into turnovers. He has just one and that came on a last-second drive to the hole on a pass that Tyson Chandler expected Lin to shoot.

New York cooled off quite a bit in the second quarter and shot 43.5 percent in the first half with Dallas stepping up to 45.9.

Dirk Nowitzki leads all scorers with 14 points. Shawn Marion has 10. Landry Fields has 11 for New York and Amare Stoudemire has eight.

The Mavs have to feel pretty good about their position considering the slow start. They'll put their chips on the defense tightening and late-game execution.

Stay tuned.