NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Dallas
(Saturday, January 29th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 93, Dallas 89
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - John Salmons scored a season-high 19 points as the Philadelphia 76ers posted their first victory of the season without All- Star Allen Iverson in the lineup with a 93-89 decision over the Dallas Mavericks at AmericanAirlines Center.
Coming off the bench, Salmons went 6-of-11 from the floor for Philadelphia, who was without Iverson for the third straight game. The NBA's leading scorer, Iverson also missed games on Wednesday and Friday due to a strained left shoulder -- both losses. The Sixers are now 1-4 without Iverson this season.
Kyle Korver recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Corliss Williamson added 13 points and Kenny Thomas netted 12 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Sixers, who finished their three-game road trip with a 1-2 record.
"We were without our leading scorer, so everyone else had to step up and be aggressive," Salmons said. "(Iverson) wasn't there to bail us (out,) so we had to make our shots and chip in as a team. We always play as a team, but with Allen out, we have to really come closer as a team. No one can score like (Iverson) can, so we all came together to cover that loss."
Leading Dallas, which has won six of its last eight contests, was Dirk Nowitzki with 25 points and nine boards. Erick Dampier had 14 points, a career-high 26 rebounds and a season-high seven blocked shots.
Jerry Stackhouse netted 16 points, Jason Terry contributed 15 points and seven assists and Michael Finley chipped in 14 points in the loss.
This game was decided in the fourth quarter when the Sixers answered a Dallas surge with a mini-run of their own to claim the victory.
Dallas went on an 11-0 run with Nowitzki scoring five points, Terry hitting a three-pointer, Dampier draining a free throw and Stackhouse stroking a jumper to go ahead, 84-80.
But Philadelphia responded with a 13-5 run to close the game.
Korver and Williamson each hit two crucial free throws as the Sixers took a 91-87 advantage with 44.8 seconds on the clock.
Coming out of a timeout, Terry hit a jump shot to get Dallas to within 91-89. After a Salmons miss, Terry missed a jumper to tie the game.
Korver was then fouled and set the final score with two free throws.
Dallas led 10-6 six minutes into the game, but the Sixers outscored the Mavericks 17-15 over the next six minutes to cut the deficit to 25-23 at the end of the first quarter.
Philly exploded for 29 points while limiting Dallas to just 18 in the second quarter to take a 52-43 advantage into intermission.
"I don't know if it was a letdown," Dallas assistant head coach Avery Johnson said, "but the second quarter was probably one of the worst second quarters I've seen us play offensively and defensively."
Philadelphia got a major boost from its bench players, which outscored Dallas' reserves 30-2 in the first half. Salmons led the way with 13 points.
"Our bench set another tempo defensively early in the game," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "They were strong and what they gave us early in the first half really carried us through the rest of the game.
O'Brien also made sure to compliment Salmons. "John was terrific," O'Brien said. "John really played well."
The Sixers led 75-70 after three quarters, setting up the frantic fourth quarter finish.
The Mavericks have won four of seven and five of the last nine meetings in this series...Philadelphia is 16-8 all-time at Dallas...The Sixers are 10-16 on the road this season, having lost six of their last eight as the visitor...The Mavericks have won 11 of their last 15 games overall...Dallas is 16-8 as the host this season, having won nine of its last 11 at home...Korver has made at least one three-pointer in 21 consecutive games...Dallas is 21-6 when it allows under 100 points this season...The Mavericks lost for the first time in nine Saturday games.
01/30 00:22:53 ET