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Knicks’ Dennis Smith plays the closer against his old team

This was billed as a revenge game. Dennis Smith Jr. may not have been the headliner, but the Knicks point guard turned in his best effort of the season anyway in his first crack at his old team. With Frank Ntilikina battling foul trouble much of the night, Smith took advantage of the minutes and chipped in 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a 106-103 win over the Mavericks on Thursday night at the Garden. Ntilikina played the role of closer, coming up with the clutch defense to make sure the Knicks held on, but Smith made his mark in a season-high 30 minutes. “Game ball,” coach David Fizdale said. “I was so proud of him. He’s been through more than any of us can imagine.” When the teams played last week — for th ...