DALLAS -- Here are a few observations from the first half:
Sick Chandler: Tyson Chandler exited the game after four minutes due to symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. The illness spoiled the mismatch the Knicks would have had, as the Mavericks started undersized center DeJuan Blair.
Hot start: Despite not having Chandler, the Knicks were able to get things going early against the porous Dallas defense. New York started the game 9-for-15 from the field. The Knicks were able to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end of the floor, as the Mavericks provided very little resistance. New York went on a 21-7 run during the final stretch of the opening quarter en route to a 29-17 lead.
Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, to go with four rebounds and three assists.
Opportunity knocking: Dallas committed six turnovers in the first half, and New York turned them into 13 points. The damage was done down low, as the Knicks had 26 points in the paint in the first half.