NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (Ticker) --
Rookie Nate Robinson
always has made up
for his lack of size with heart and hustle. On Sunday, his
heart helped bring the New York Knicks back from a large deficit
but his size ultimately cost them the game.
Robinson scored 13 points and added four steals, three assists
and three rebounds but the 5-9 guard was outjumped for a crucial
rebound in the final seconds as the Knicks dropped a 104-102
decision to the Dallas Mavericks.
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A first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in June, Robinson was
traded to the Knicks on draft day. On Sunday, he came off the
bench to play 24 minutes, making 3-of-8 shots and 7-of-8 free
throws, including a pair of clutch foul shots with 7.2 seconds
left to tie the game at 102-102.
On the Mavericks' ensuing possession, Keith Van Horn
mid-range jumper but DeSagana Diop
, a 7-footer in his first
season with Dallas, jumped over Robinson in the lane and put
back the rebound at the buzzer.
Four-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki
led six Mavericks in double
figures with 20 points. Josh Howard
added 16 points on 8-of-13
shooting and Jason Terry
contributed 13 for Dallas, which shot
better than 52 percent (40-of-76) and led by as many as 16
points late in the third quarter.
Robinson wasn't the only rookie who shined for the Knicks.
led the teams with 17 points in 30 minutes and fellow
first-round pick Channing Frye
chipped in 11 in 18 minutes for
New York, which shot less than 43 percent (31-of-73) and
committed 20 turnovers.