NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Dallas
(Monday, November 30th)
Final Score: Dallas 104, Philadelphia 102
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Terry nailed a fadeaway jump shot with 1.4 seconds left in the game to lift the Dallas Mavericks over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers, 104-102.
Dirk Nowitzki poured in 28 points, and Jason Kidd scored a season-high 22 while dishing out 11 assists for the Mavericks, who have won eight of the last 10 games.
Drew Gooden provided 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Shawn Marion added 14 points to the win.
Willie Green went for a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds for Philadelphia, which has dropped a season-high seven straight contests. Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand had 21 points each, while Brand also secured 10 boards in his return from a hamstring injury.
Andre Iguodala scored 19, and Samuel Dalembert grabbed a season-best 19 rebounds in the loss.
"It was on the baseline and goes way up in the air. Give credit to a good player that makes a shot. We just haven't had the luck to get one to miss and get one to make for us," said Sixers coach Eddie Jordan of Terry's last-second heroics. "It is a shame that we have come so close so many time and whether it is a shot by them or a shot by us, it just didn't go down or theirs went down."
Before taking the court, Sixers brass met with former star guard Allen Iverson in Dallas to discuss his possible return to the team. Iverson spent the first 10-plus seasons of his NBA career with the Sixers and is currently a free agent following his release from Memphis.
The Sixers rallied late, with an Iguodala jumper and consecutive makes by Young bringing their deficit down to 99-96 with 1:29 to play.
Nowitzki responded with two at the line, but Young came back with a three- pointer with the clock winding under a minute left for a two-point affair, 101-99.
Jason Kapono and Iguodala missed back-to-back shots before Kidd was sent to the line. He made just 1-of-2 shots with 9.8 ticks remaining, allowing Iguodala's three-pointer with 5.6 ticks left to tie the game at 102.
Nowitzki then inbounded on the right-wing side to Terry, who stepped back and released a medium-range rainbow over the outstretched arm of Green to give Dallas the lead.
"We ran something that was going to be him (Jason Terry) or Dirk, two good options. I thought the key on the whole thing was, he could have taken the shot quickly but he had the presence of mind to get the guy on his hip, use some clock and was able to get some separation and take the shot," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the call for Terry to take the winning shot. "I liked the way we fought them off at the end and were able to finish the game."
Philadelphia was left with a final shot, but Iguodala's jumper was inexplicably pulled out of the air by Dalembert en route to the hoop, ending the game.
"Not to put anybody at fault, he was open under the basket and I think we just didn't have enough time to get that much done. He just made a reaction play and he was just trying to win the game," said Iguodala of Dalembert's play.
Dallas scored the final six points of the first quarter for a 28-23 edge and surged to a 12-point lead early on in the second on another quick six points capped by back-to-back buckets from Marion.
Philadelphia drew back within six on an Iguodala three-ball with 6 1/2 minutes left, but the Sixers went the next five-plus minutes without a field goal, as Dallas cruised into halftime up, 57-43.
The Sixers cut the deficit to single digits on two Iguodala free throws four minutes into the second half, and four free throws from Green minutes later had the visitors down, 68-62, with 4:18 remaining.
A Green jump shot just outside the final minute made it a three-point game, but Jose Juan Barea came back to drain a three, and the Mavs held a 78-72 advantage going into the fourth.
Barea hit from long range again and added a layup for an 87-78 margin three minutes into the fourth, and a Kidd three-ball dropped for an 11-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes to go.
The Sixers have lost six in a row on the road and nine of 10 overall...Philadelphia moved to 0-2 on a four-game road trip and is only 2-8 as the visitor this season...The Mavs moved to 6-2 at home...Dallas has won seven of the last eight meetings with Philly, which is winless in its last five trips to Big D...Barea ended with 11 points while Terry had seven in the win.
12/01 00:08:03 ET