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Dallas at Philadelphia

Nowitzki buzzer-beater propels Mavs, ends Sixers' streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Dirk Nowitzki came through when it mattered.

Despite missing 13 of his first 14 shots and 16 of 23 overall, the seven-foot forward hit a turnaround 17-foot jumper over Reggie Evans at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 95-93 victory against Philadelphia, snapping the 76ers' season-high seven-game winning streak.

"I'm a shooter," Nowitzki said. "I always think the next one is going in."

Nowitzki received the inbounds pass with 4.3 seconds left and spun around the 6-foot-8 Evans to deliver the game-winning shot.

"It's easy to get it to him because he's seven feet," Jason Kidd said of Nowitzki. "He's done it all year. He's an All-Star and an MVP and he enjoys these moments."

Nowitzki finished with 24 points, Kidd had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Jason Terry added 20 for the Mavericks (24-17).

Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo didn't second-guess his decision to put the smaller Evans on Nowitzki.

"Reggie had a good feel for him because he was guarding him for the last five minutes as we were making our comeback," DiLeo said. "Reggie is a physical guy who did push him out and contested the shot."

Lou Williams scored 25 points, while Andre Iguodala had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (20-21), who were trying to climb above .500 for the first time since Nov. 23 when they were 7-6.

Andre Miller added 12 points for Philadelphia, whose four-game home winning streak ended.

"I was proud of the way we came back," Iguodala said. "I think we need to continue to have that hunger."

The 76ers have reason to be optimistic with the expected return of forward Elton Brand, who worked out on the court before the game. DiLeo said Brand, who dislocated his right shoulder Dec. 17 and has missed 16 consecutive games, most likely will play Saturday against the New York Knicks.

Dallas overcame an early deficit and was sparked by Kidd and Nowitzki. Kidd tied his season-high with six 3-pointers, while Nowitzki shook off a poor shooting performance from the field (7-of-23) by hitting all 10 of his free throws. Nowitzki is 44-for-45 from the free throw line over the last six games.

Kidd was 6-of-8 from 3-point territory.

"They're going to give me 3-point shots," Kidd said. "I haven't been making many, but I've been staying with it."

Dallas trailed 55-47 with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter, then went on a 19-4 run over six minutes. Kidd scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Nowitzki had eight during the scoring spurt to give the Mavericks a 66-59 advantage.

By the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks led 74-63, with Kidd and Nowitzki combining for 25 of their 32 points.

With 2:14 remaining, Terry hit a 3-pointer from the baseline to give Dallas a 93-81 lead. It wouldn't last as the 76ers scored 12 straight points, tying the game at 93 with 8.5 seconds left after a driving layup by Iguodala.

"We really came back there at the end," DiLeo said. "They never gave up. That's the essence of our team."

Notes

  • There were several tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. on the jumbotron throughout the game, and 76ers G Willie Green addressed the crowd before the game.
  • Mavericks F Josh Howard, listed as doubtful with a sprained left wrist, played 34 minutes.
  • Mavericks G Matt Carroll and C Ryan Hollins were active for the first time in a Dallas uniform. They were traded from Charlotte last Friday for C DeSagana Diop.
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Dirk Nowitzki is the hero for the Mavericks, turning a poor shooting day around with one basket.  (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki is the hero for the Mavericks, turning a poor shooting day around with one basket. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas (24-17) «1626322195
Philadelphia (20-21) 2224173093
DAL:D. Nowitzki 24 Pts
DAL:J. Kidd 12 Reb
DAL:J. Kidd 6 Ast
PHI:L. Williams 25 Pts
PHI:A. Iguodala 12 Reb
PHI:A. Miller 7 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaDallas

L. Williams

D. Nowitzki
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
25602460
Dallas
D. Nowitzki, PF407-2310-1060324
J. Kidd, PG378-110-0126122
J. Howard, SF343-134-682510
A. Wright, SF253-50-01217
E. Dampier, C200-02-23022
J. Terry, PG349-161-214420
R. Hollins, C192-30-01054
B. Bass, PF172-30-05024
J. Barea, PG111-20-01202
M. Carroll, SG30-00-01020
J. Stackhouse, SFDid Not Play
D. George, SGDid Not Play
G. Green, SGDid Not Play
J. Singleton, PFDid Not Play
S. Williams, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7617-2039162595
 46.1%85.0% 
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF426-153-4121118
A. Miller, PG365-132-287112
T. Young, SF364-73-544311
S. Dalembert, C253-50-09116
W. Green, SG171-70-00222
L. Williams, SG2610-211-260125
R. Evans, PF242-32-45146
R. Ivey, PG183-73-411211
M. Speights, PF171-40-01012
D. Marshall, PFDid Not Play
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
K. Rush, SGDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8214-2146171693
 42.7%66.7% 
Other Games
Chi 98 Final
NY 102
Tor 84 Final
Atl 87
Den 113 Final
Hou 115
SA 86 Final
Char 84
Ind 100 Final
NO 103
Min 94 Final
LAC 86
Wash 98 Final
GS 119
Det 87 Final
Mem 79
Pho 87 Final
Bos 104
Mil 85 Final
Port 102
Cle 88 Final
LAL 105