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Game 56: Mavs at 76ers presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Mavericks vs. 76ers

Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion combined for 47 points on 77 percent shooting as the Mavs 86′d the 76ers Friday night.

PHILADELPHIA — Coming out of the All-Star break and greeted by the defending champion Miami Heat with a 117-106 home loss Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks had a prime opportunity to get back on track Friday in Philadelphia.

Facing a depleted 76ers team that took the court with the league-minimum eight players dressed out after a bevy of deals at the trade deadline, the Mavericks looked to begin their three-game road trip with a victory. The Mavs also tried to send the Philadelphia team to a 10th straight loss overall, attempting to duplicate a 97-94 home win over the Sixers back on Nov. 18.

But, after jumping out to a big lead early in the night, the Mavs would again find themselves pushed in the second showdown between the two squads. Still, with a strong close to the game, the Mavericks (33-23) began their road trip victoriously following a wire-to-wire 124-112 win.

“For the most part, we came out and we had control of the game,” four-time All-Star Shawn Marion said of the win. “Then, once they were able to rev it up and get a little helter skelter, it got away from us a little bit. But we were able to sustain the lead and keep our composure.”

Leaning on the perimeter shooting of 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki in the early minutes of the first quarter, the Mavericks quickly jumped out to a 10-2 advantage. The lead then surged to double digits, peaking at 22 before the Mavs completed their highest-scoring first quarter of the season with a 41-23 advantage.

Following his 5-of-5 shooting for 14 points in the first 12 minutes of play, Nowitzki continued to scorch the net as the second stanza got underway. However, the Mavericks’ inability to protect the ball would allow the 76ers (15-41) to remain in the game, helping the home team sprint within five before entering the halftime intermission with Dallas up 69-62.

Despite Nowitzki’s 19 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting, the Mavericks found themselves in a dogfight through two quarters while allowing 23 points off 17 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Mavs outshot the 76ers in the half as a team, 64.9 percent to 52.1 percent, adding a 24-14 rebounding advantage.

“We had an amazing start to the game,” Nowitzki said. “We were shooting the ball and getting layups, and then they started to trap us a little bit. We didn’t really react well to their run-and-jump defense. I think we had 17 total turnovers in the first half, and that really kept them in the game or got them back into the game. And then we had to kind of grind it out from there. You’ve got to give them credit. They kept competing. When they were down 20, they sped the game up and turned us over. We didn’t really respond well at the end of the first quarter and the whole second quarter.”

Attacking the Philadelphia defense in the painted area, again the Mavs tried to create a separation on the scoreboard as the third period began. Instead, the Sixers crept even closer, climbing within four.

Marion and backup big man DeJuan Blair then took matters into their own hands, helping the Mavs reclaim a double-digit margin before taking a 101-89 lead into the fourth on Nowitzki’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Attempting to close the Sixers out in the final period, the Mavs got a boost from their bench as reserve guard Devin Harris found big man Brandan Wright for an athletic finish to make it a 106-91 score with 9:13 left to play. Marion did the rest a short time later, closing the 76ers out with an array of scores before Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle pulled his main contributors down the stretch.

Scoring 25 points in 27 minutes of work, Nowitzki led four Mavericks in double figures while hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts and completing a 9-of-12 shooting performance. Meanwhile, Marion added 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting, matching Nowitzki’s seven rebounds to boot. Off the bench, Blair recorded 18 points and starting shooting guard Monta Ellis pitched in 11 points in the first unit.

Led by point guard Jose Calderon’s 10 dimes, the Mavs also dished out 39 assists as a team on 48 made field goals.

“If we move the ball and find the open shot, we’re a great team,” Blair declared. “Once we have everybody doing what they do and trying to do it themselves, it’s a little harder for us. But, if we keep doing that, then we’re pretty good.”

Thaddeus Young led four Philadelphia scorers in double figures with 30 points on 12-of-29 shooting, grabbing down 13 rebounds, dishing out six assists and collecting seven steals in a losing effort. But the Mavs’ 62.3 percent shooting bettered the Sixers’ 44.7 percent, adding a 48-34 rebounding advantage to overcome the 34 points surrendered off a season-high 25 turnovers.

“It’s exactly the kind of game that we expected,” Carlisle concluded. “We expected it to be 48 minutes of (heat) with them chasing the ball all over the place, and we knew that ball security was going to be an important part of it. In the first half, it was an unmitigated failure in that area. In the second, it was much better and we were able to get some separation and finish it.

“I credit our guys for hanging in. It’s a mentally-challenging game with how young and fast and hard those guys were playing. [The 76ers] make a lot of things happen. But we hung in and got the win, which was great, and we’ve got to keep going forward.”

Note: The Mavs will now make the second stop on their three-game road trip, touching down in Detroit for Saturday’s showdown against the Pistons. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 116-106 home win back on Jan. 26. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center next Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F3011-140-20-0347320032122
Dirk Nowitzki, F279-125-72-216740120725
Samuel Dalembert, C162-40-02-20661021026
Monta Ellis, G344-121-42-5033410731611
Jose Calderon, G303-62-40-003310112288
DeJuan Blair167-90-04-4134001321118
Vince Carter211-41-34-509922104157
Devin Harris193-40-13-50227103269
Wayne Ellington132-40-22-200041021-126
Jae Crowder112-30-00-001121001-54
Brandan Wright143-40-00-03361013346
Shane Larkin30-00-00-000000002-70
Bernard James21-10-00-000010001-62
Ricky Ledo00-00-00-00000000000
Gal Mekel00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
48-779-2319-258404839972324 124
62.3%39.1%76.0%
Philadelphia 76ers
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
James Anderson, F363-81-52-302212002-139
Thaddeus Young, F4312-292-74-4671367051-330
Arnett Moultrie, C303-50-00-123522004-66
Elliot Williams, G274-91-41-100043013-910
Michael Carter-Williams, G389-190-37-923560023-2225
Hollis Thompson183-51-10-023500024-107
Tony Wroten286-140-29-1322421052-221
Lorenzo Brown152-50-30-10001000254
Brandon Davies00-00-00-00000000000
Danny Granger00-00-00-00000000000
Eric Maynor00-00-00-00000000000
Byron Mullens00-00-00-00000000000
Nerlens Noel00-00-00-00000000000
Jason Richardson00-00-00-00000000000
Henry Sims00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
42-945-2523-32142034221501521 112
44.7%20.0%71.9%

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Practice Report – Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle talks to the media after practice about the trade deadline, the upcoming road trip and much more.

PHILADELPHIA — Although he freely admits that he doesn’t know what to expect from the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle hopes to have his team prepared for a dogfight.

Facing a 76ers team that has lost nine straight games, the Mavericks (32-23) hope to not get caught overlooking their next opponent. However, after the 76ers (15-40) made a near-complete roster shakeup with a bevy of moves at the trade deadline, neither Carlisle nor his players are sure what to expect.

“They’re the No. 1 pace team in the league to start with. With less big guys and more guards available, they’re going to be looking to play fast. We’ve got to be prepared for that,” Carlisle said in regard to stopping the Sixers’ rugged offensive attack. ”We’ve got to keep turnovers down, we’ve got to rebound well and we’ve got to play our game. It’s not an easy game, it’s challenging. And teams that are depleted or don’t have guys yet, because of trades and things like that, are always difficult games.”

The Mavericks were pushed to the brink before escaping their home floor with a 97-94 win back on Nov. 18. However, while trying to bounce back from Tuesday’s 117-106 home loss to Miami, the Mavs face a much different kind of challenge to begin their three-game road trip.

Still, with Philadelphia ranking last in the league while giving up 110.5 points an outing, the Mavs figure to have an opportunity to score at will. And for that reason Carlisle says it’s important that his team not get caught up in a back-and-forth affair.

“We’ve just got to prepare our guys for the kind of game it’s going to be and the pace,” Carlisle foreshadowed. “They’re going to try to create a chaotic-type game, and we’ve tried to simulate that stuff. But, once the ball goes up, you never know exactly what to expect. We’ve got to be ready to play, space the floor, make good decisions and on our shots be ready to get back quick, ’cause they get it out quick and they’re going to look to gun it down the court to attack the rim or get threes.”

Note: The Mavs will now embark on a three-game road trip, touching down in Philadelphia for Friday’s matchup against the 76ers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 97-94 home win back on Nov. 18. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center next Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

PHILADELPHIA — After a bevy of moves by the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline, the Dallas Mavericks expect to see a much different opponent than they faced the first time the two teams squared off this season.

Scratching and clawing their way to a 97-94 home win over the 76ers (15-40) back on Nov. 18, the Mavericks (32-23) will now have to reconstruct their game plan on the fly Friday night while beginning a three-game road trip. Meanwhile, the Mavs will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s 117-106 home defeat at the hands of the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, facing three straight opponents on the road with losing records.

“Well, I think the teams that really give us problems sometimes are young, athletic and quick teams that just run up and down, junk up the game and switch a lot. And that’s exactly what we’ve got going (in Philadelphia),” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said as the Mavs try to make up ground in the Western Conference standings. “It’s not the greatest matchup for us, but we know that coming in. We’ve got to play our best game. This is a big trip for us, especially coming off a loss and being only one game up on the ninth seed all of a sudden again with one loss. It’s a big trip for us, and we’d love to start off with a win.”

But, after winning six of their previous seven games heading into the All-Star break prior to the loss to the Heat, the Mavs will have to guard against having a letdown Friday night.

Trading away their leading scorer in Evan Turner and starting center Spencer Hawes in separate deals, the 76ers stockpiled on future drafts picks while also acquiring former All-Star Danny Granger from Indiana in exchange for Turner. Still, the Mavs will try to send the Sixers to a 10th straight loss overall, winning five of the last six in the series after Monta Ellis’ 24 points and 10 assists plus Nowitzki’s 20 points and 10 rebounds carried the Dallas team during that November meeting.

And with Philly expected to throw multiple lineups his squad’s way, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle hopes to get the team back on track to begin a pivotal stretch away from home.

“The way I view it is it’s probably going to be a harder game, because they’re going to throw smaller guys out there and they’re going to try to rat it up and make it a windshield-wiper, chaotic-type game,” Carlisle explained. “You know, we’ve got be prepared for that. We’ve got to be efficient with the ball, because a high-turnover game is going to be a big problem, and we’ve just got to find a way.”

Note: The Mavs will now embark on a three-game road trip, touching down in Philadelphia for Friday’s matchup against the 76ers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 97-94 home win back on Nov. 18. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center next Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.