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Dallas at Philadelphia

Dallas builds huge lead at Philly, holds on for victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Another one of Dallas' big leads turned this one into a snoozer early. Only coach Avery Johnson didn't expect his team to be the one that went to sleep.

Once Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry snapped the Mavs out of their 10-minute funk, they had the easy win they were coasting toward against the woeful 76ers.

Nowitzki had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Mavericks built on their NBA-best road record with a 106-89 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Terry hit consecutive jumpers in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs stave off a surprising Sixers rally that saw them slice a 30-point deficit down to only eight. Nowitzki also added back-to-back baskets that pushed the lead back to 14 and helped Dallas to its 18th road win of the season.

"In the second half, we kind of went to sleep," Johnson said.

Terry scored 16 points and had 11 assists, and Devean George and Josh Howard each had 15 points. The Mavericks had 28 assists on 39 baskets and shot 52 percent overall.

The Mavericks play two more on the road this week at Milwaukee and Houston and don't return home until their NBA finals rematch with Miami on Feb. 22.

"They're a scrappy young team and they just kept coming at us, but we stood our ground and put them away there at the end," Terry said.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 21 points, Kyle Korver added 18 and Andre Miller 16.

Iguodala was the only starter on the floor for most of Philadelphia's 30-8 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and stunned a Dallas team that was on cruise control early in this one. Willie Green scored a pair of baskets and Korver hit a jumper to pull the Sixers to 86-75.

Iguodala was fouled on a driving layup and sank the free throw to cap the run and make it 86-78 with 8:40 left.

"I'm not surprised we came back. We're not going to lay down," Korver said. "But Terry got open looks and then they took control of things."

Then Terry hit his jumpers, Nowitzki hit two and George sank a 3 for a 97-80 lead that put away for the Sixers for good.

"When they stormed back on us at the end, we were fortunate," Johnson said. "That's what really good teams do. When teams make runs, you have to try and shoot them down and try and go on the offensive."

But the game never should have been that close.

The Mavericks absolutely overwhelmed the Sixers in the first half, making a remarkable 15 of 19 shots from the floor (79 percent) and used a 31-9 spurt that seemingly put the game out of reach. Turned out, the Mavs were sure glad they had that cushion early in the fourth.

"I think we all felt like we were in control," said Mavs guard Jerry Stackhouse.

George scored nine points in the quarter, with the game looking quite similar to their last meeting when Dallas scored 21 straight points in a December victory. It was more of the same in the third, twice going up by 30 points -- the final time with 5:46 left in the quarter.

"I must have stopped working my guys, because (the Sixers) stormed back on us," Johnson said.

Notes

  • Sixers C Steven Hunter dislocated a finger in his left hand in the first quarter.
  • Dallas' season-high point total for a quarter is 66 against Seattle.
  • Each of Philadelphia's last two losses were by one point.
  • The Sixers are 2-29 when trailing at the end of three.
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Dirk Nowitzki levels the 76ers with 24 points as the Mavs improve their league-best road record.  (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki levels the 76ers with 24 points as the Mavs improve their league-best road record. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas (42-9) «25382122106
Philadelphia (17-35) 1821262489
DAL:D. Nowitzki 24 Pts
DAL:D. Nowitzki 11 Reb
DAL:J. Terry 11 Ast
PHI:A. Iguodala 21 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 12 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 5 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaDallas

A. Iguodala

D. Nowitzki
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
219524117
Dallas
D. Nowitzki, PF399-185-7117224
J. Terry, PG367-151-2411116
J. Howard, SF355-114-551415
D. George, SF306-100-041115
E. Dampier, C296-70-051212
J. Stackhouse, SF202-63-41317
D. Harris, PG171-31-20333
D. Diop, C160-02-28022
G. Buckner, SG143-51-23128
A. Croshere, PF30-04-40004
J. Barea, PG10-00-00000
A. Johnson, PGDid Not Play
D. Mbenga, CDid Not Play
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
P. Mensah-Bonsu, PFDid Not Play
Totals 39-7521-28412818106
 52.0%75.0% 
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF457-177-1095221
A. Miller, PG336-104-433216
S. Dalembert, C332-83-412117
K. Korver, SF336-125-560318
J. Smith, PF233-70-15046
R. Carney, SF220-10-02130
W. Green, SG195-110-021110
S. Hunter, C163-61-23027
L. Williams, SG152-60-10404
B. Jones, SF20-10-00020
A. Henderson, PFDid Not Play
K. Ollie, PGDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
Totals 34-7920-2742152089
 43.0%74.1% 
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Ind 94
LAL 90 Final
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Min 109
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Pho 103
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GS 105
Sea 114 Final
Sac 103