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For the one-year anniversary of Isiah Thomas' time with the Knicks, his team gave the gift of one ugly performance. They were smoked at Madison Square Garden by the Dallas Mavericks, 123-94, which makes the game seem closer than it seemed. How can that be if they lost by 29 points? Well, at halftime, the Knicks were behind 39, a lead that was cut to 37 by the start of the 4th quarter. Not too bad, but the Knicks trailed by 46 at one point during the game.

Despite the stinker, the Knicks are still atop the Atlantic Division, which is a testament as to how bad the division is, not how good the Knicks are. Not to be lost in the horrible game last night is the performance of Bruno Sundov, the backup to the backup center, who entered the game and scored his first points of the season. Sundov's 7 points was more than Kurt Thomas (0 points) and tied with Allan Houston and Stephon Marbury (7 points).

Fun things from the box score: Knicks biggest lead - 0, total lead changes - 0, times tied - 0. Next up for the Knicks? The Celtics, who pounded the Knicks in the home opener, beating them by 34.

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