There is still disappointment for Knicks center Tyson Chandler that the Mavericks — who won the 2011 NBA championship — did not have a chance to repeat as players, including himself, landed across the basketball landscape.

But Chandler doesn't see himself out of the title chase. These Knicks remind him of those Mavs.

"It was an unfortunate thing because we won a championship together and never got a chance after that. They broke up the team. But at the end of the day I'm in a great place and I like my chances here," Chandler said after his usual terrific defense, 11 points and nine rebounds — five offensive — were huge in the Knicks moving to 4-0 with a 104-94 victory over Dallas last night at the Garden. "It definitely reminds me of the chemistry and the personalities."

And Chandler isn't the only one who likes the Knicks chances.

"They are one of a handful of teams that has a chance to come out of the East," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. "He [Chandler] is one of the reasons they're a contender."