NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 100, Dallas 98
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Turner scored 22 points and the
Philadelphia 76ers held off a late comeback attempt by the Dallas Mavericks to
produce a 100-98 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
Thaddeus Young added 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 along with seven
assists for Philadelphia, which put together a 10-0 run midway through the
fourth quarter to break an 81-81 deadlock before staving off the hard-charging
Mavericks down the stretch to record their fifth win in seven games.
"That's what we've been doing a lot lately, locking down defensively when we
have to and making big plays," said Holiday.
Dallas cut a 100-93 deficit with under two minutes left down to two on the
strength of five straight points from Vince Carter, then had a chance to tie
when O.J. Mayo was fouled going to the lane with 2.7 seconds to play. He
missed both free throw tries, however, and Jae Crowder's desperation shot off
the rebound missed the mark as time expired.
Chris Kaman put up 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Shawn Marion finished
with 17 in the loss, Dallas' second straight and seventh in its last 10
"We're all disappointed but not dismayed," said Mavericks head coach Rick
Carlisle. "It was unfortunate. I'm steadfast in my belief in these guys."
Former Sixer Elton Brand netted a season-best 17 points and grabbed eight
rebounds in his return to Philadelphia. The veteran forward was released by
the 76ers via the amnesty clause in July and subsequently claimed off waivers
Philadelphia used strong defense during its pivotal fourth-quarter surge,
forcing six Dallas turnovers during a stretch of nearly three minutes to build
a 91-81 lead with under 5 1/2 minutes left.
Spencer Hawes started the spurt with a putback basket and Dorell Wright and
Nick Young sank back-to-back baskets off Jason Richardson steals to put
Philadelphia up 87-81 with 6:53 to go. Holiday followed with a steal of his
own shortly afterward and fed Thaddeus Young for a layup and ensuing foul shot
that extended the margin to nine points.
"That was the game," said Carlisle of the Sixers' run. "To say the least, it
was completely out of character the way we played."
Dallas would settle down and climb back into it late, with Carter knocking
down a clutch 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining and knifing through for a bucket
with 35.9 seconds left to bring the Mavericks within 100-98. After
Holiday missed on the other end, Mayo slashed his way into the paint with time
winding down and drew contact to give Dallas the opportunity to tie.
The career 82 percent free-throw shooter was off the mark on his first
attempt, however, and intentionally missed the second in hopes of forcing one
final shot. Crowder would corral the loose ball, but his 25-footer at the
buzzer bounced off the rim and the Sixers survived.
Philadelphia started out the game red-hot, connecting on its first seven shots
in taking a 17-8 lead just over four minutes in. However, Dallas ripped off
a 16-2 spurt later in the first quarter to turn an eight-point deficit into a
29-23 advantage after Darren Collison's steal and layup in the final minute of
Dallas' lead grew to nine points following a 6-0 sequence capped by Kaman's
turnaround jumper nearing the midway mark of the second quarter that made the
score 48-39, but Philadelphia battled back over the latter stages of the half
to draw even before Brand converted a 3-point play to send the Mavs into the
break with a 56-53 lead.
The 76ers hit just 4-of-17 field goal attempts in the second quarter, but
remained within striking distance by going 15-of-18 from the foul line.
The game remained tight throughout the third quarter, with neither team ahead
by more than four points and Philadelphia ending the session with a slim 75-73
Brand spent four years with the 76ers from 2008-12 and averaged 13.3 points
and 7.4 rebounds during his tenure with the team ... Philadelphia earned its
first win over Dallas since a 92-81 home decision on Jan. 22, 2010, with the
Mavs having prevailed in 10 of the 13 most recent meetings between the clubs
... Mayo, who was averaging a team-best 21.5 points per game coming in, was
held to a season-low 11 on 4-of-10 shooting ... The Sixers made 6-of-14
attempts from 3-point range and are now 6-2 this season when shooting 40
percent or better from beyond the arc ... Philadelphia also improved to 8-0
when leading after three quarters ... Sixers rookie guard Malik Wayns posted
career high of 10 points and 13 minutes played.
11/27 22:55:43 ET