NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Dallas
(Monday, February 27th)
Final Score: Dallas 104, Philadelphia 92
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds despite missing most of the third quarter with an ankle injury, as the Dallas Mavericks got up early and held on to defeat Philadelphia, 104-92, at American Airlines Center.
Jason Terry went 6-of-7 from behind the arc and finished with 24 points and seven assists for Dallas, which has won 19 of its last 20 overall and extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 15 games. Marquis Daniels added 16 points and eight assists for Dallas.
Allen Iverson netted 29 points, while Chris Webber and Kyle Korver chipped in 19 apiece for the Sixers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Philadelphia's lethargic start helped Dallas roar out to a 13-2 lead. Back-to- back turnovers resulted in threes by Terry and Nowitzki, and DeSagana Diop added a hook shot moments later that made it 10-0. Then, after Webber's jumper finally put the Sixers on the board, Nowitzki nailed a trey to cap the run.
The 7-foot forward helped push the lead to 26-8 with 5:30 to play in the quarter, slicing through the lane unguarded before finishing with a slam for two of his 17 first-quarter points.
"Yeah, with a team being good like they are, and them being at home, it's just that much harder to try and play uphill all game," Iverson said.
Philly scored the next seven to move within 11 and would come as close as 10 points in the closing minutes, but Dallas finished with a 9-2 spurt to make it 37-20 after 12 minutes.
The Sixers settled in defensively in the second stanza and outscored the Mavs, 25-18, to cut their deficit to 55-45 by the break.
Nowitzki missed most of the third quarter after tweaking his ankle but Terry picked up in his absence, netting 13 in the frame to build Dallas' advantage to 84-69.
Philadelphia whittled its deficit to 95-87 after an Iverson runner in the lane with 3:45 remaining, marking the first time since the first quarter that the Sixers were within single digits.
Iverson made it a seven-point game with a jumper about a minute later, then Korver answered Nowitzki's layup with a three-ball to make it 98-92 with 1:48 on the clock.
Erick Dampier countered with a dunk on the other end, though, and Philadelphia got no closer.
"They made some runs, but we weathered the storm," said Mavs coach Avery Johnson.
Nowitzki returned for the fourth quarter...Dallas improved to 26-4 at home this season...The Mavs are now 10-1 in February, and have gone seven straight months with at least 10 wins...Sixers center Samuel Dalembert (sprained ankle) missed his third straight contest...Josh Howard (right ankle), Keith Van Horn (illness), and Devin Harris (quadriceps) did not play for Dallas...Philadelphia, which is 10-17 on the road in 2005-06, defeated Dallas 112-97 in the first meeting this season on November 9th at the Wachovia Center.
02/28 01:56:06 ET