Final Score: Dallas 107, Philadelphia 100
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo scored 26 points and handed out eight
assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-100, at
American Airlines Center.
Both teams came in sporting three-game losing streaks, and the Mavs stopped
theirs by shooting 54 percent from the field and 25-of-29 from the foul line.
Chris Kaman added 20 points and seven rebounds, while Shawn Marion went for 14
and nine for Dallas, which saw point guard Derek Fisher leave early with a
strained right knee.
"There were some lapses here and there, but overall we did well and got the
'W' and that's the most important thing," Kaman said.
Dorell Wright shot 7-of-13 from behind the arc to pace the Sixers with 25
points, while Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner chipped in 18 and 17 points,
respectively, in another setback.
Kaman capped a 10-2 run with a pair of buckets to give Dallas a 94-82 lead
with 4:16 remaining. It was still a 12-point game before Wright gave the
Sixers life with consecutive 3-pointers to pull within two possessions, 96-90.
But Mayo answered with a layup, then went coast-to-coast for another deuce as
he beat Hawes to the rim.
"We just couldn't get the ball stopped and keep it out of the paint at the end
of the game," Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. "Mayo got in there two or
three times and we just couldn't get a stop."
The closest the visitors got in the final two minutes was five.
Philly's Thaddeus Young opened the game's scoring with a jumper, but the Mavs
scored the next 11 points and took a 28-23 lead into the second quarter.
Darren Collison's 3-pointer and two free throws in the final minute of the
half gave Dallas a 57-52 lead at the break. Mayo did the same in the closing
seconds of the third for a 76-74 advantage.
The Sixers play again Wednesday in Houston ... Dallas hosts the Heat on
Thursday ... Dallas is 6-0 against Eastern Conference teams at home ... The
76ers, who haven't won in Dallas since Jan. 29, 2005, shot 13-of-35 from 3-
point range ... At 12-13, the Sixers are under .500 for the first time since
they were 1-2 ... Philadelphia was without guard Jrue Holiday for the third
straight game due to a sprained left foot.
12/19 01:57:35 ET
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