Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Friday, November 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 1st

Mavericks 101

(44-16, 22-8 away)

76ers 93

(30-30, 19-10 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2011

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 23 28 28 22101
    PHI 22 22 33 1693

    Top Performers

    Dal: J. Kidd 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl

    Phi: J. Meeks 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jason Kidd's triple-double helps Mavs roll 76ers

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Terry hustled as he saw the loose ball rolling toward midcourt. In the final minute of a three-point game, first one to the ball could score the bucket that made the difference in the outcome.

    Terry pounced and had an uncontested breakaway dunk, and another Dallas win was in the record book.

    "That one possession signified what that game meant to us," Terry said.

    Terry scored 30 points, Jason Kidd had a triple-double, and the Mavericks won their seventh straight game, 101-93 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

    Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points for the Mavericks, who have won a whopping 17 of 18 games that shot them into second place in the Western Conference.

    "Shoot the ball, share the ball," Nowitzki said.

    Sounds like a simple formula, one the Mavs have perfected during this sizzling stretch. Terry used near-flawless shooting over the second and third quarters to give the Mavs the lead, then sealed the win late in the fourth with the big hustling dunk where he waved his arms in celebration.

    Kidd had 13 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and no turnovers for the 107th triple-double of his career.

    "We just keep coming, wave after wave," Kidd said.

    The Sixers gave the Mavericks all they could handle as they tried to move two games above .500 for the first time this season. Jodie Meeks led the Sixers with 16 points.

    Coach Doug Collins called this game a test for the playoffs because the Mavs were the type of talented team, like the Heat, the seventh-place Sixers could face in a first-round series.

    They went the distance, but couldn't match Terry, Kidd and Co. and their four-game winning streak was snapped.

    "We played toe-to-toe with one of the best, one of the hottest teams in the league," Collins said. "I'm proud of them for that. Our guys are doing this for the first time. They've been at it for a while, they've been here a lot of times. That showed tonight."

    When the Sixers closed within one with 3:56 left, Terry -- who else? -- hit another jumper that made him 12-of-16 from the floor. He was open on the next possession, but dished to Kidd for a 3 and a 92-88 lead.

    The Sixers showed the competitive drive that helped them make the rare turnaround from 10 games under .500 to a winning record when Meeks' 3 made it 92-91.

    That was as close as they'd get. Meeks missed a driving baseline layup and Terry recovered for the breakaway dunk that sealed the win. He waved his arms in celebration, high-fiving teammates after the highlight-reel play.

    The Sixers flopped in the waning moments from the free throw line and made only 14-of-24 overall.

    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points and Jrue Holiday had 14 for the Sixers.

    Dallas' enthusiasm waned when center Tyson Chandler left late in the first half with a sprained right ankle.

    Chandler, averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, grabbed his right ankle after he collapsed to the court trying to block a shot. He briefly stood and grabbed his knee before going back down. Chandler limped off the court and headed straight to the locker room.

    Shawn Marion had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Mavericks win the battle between two of the best benches in the league. Brendan Haywood scored seven points and will likely start for Chandler on Friday against Indiana.

    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had no update on Chandler's injury.

    For a spell, the Sixers looked every bit as dangerous as they did last month in their 77-71 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who have the best record in the NBA.

    They refused to let the Mavericks take them out of the game with a serious run. When Terry went 5-for-5 for 11 points in the third, the Sixers scored their own big buckets to keep pace.

    Nowitzki fumbled the ball and Iguodala recovered, bursting all the way for a one-handed jam that tied it 69-all. Speights' driving dunk off another Dallas turnover knotted the game at 77.

    But there's a reason the Mavericks are a serious threat to win it all.

    Led by Terry, they wore down the scrappy Sixers and had too much experienced talent in the fourth to let the Sixers take the lead.

    "Good teams can crank it down on you late, and that's what they did to us tonight," Collins said.

    Nowitzki and Terry shot a combined 22-of-33 from the floor.

    Terry had the hot touch from the start with an 11-point second quarter that helped Dallas take a 51-44 lead into halftime.

    "I haven't seen him in a zone like that in a long time," Nowitzki said. "He showed us the whole package tonight. It was fun to watch."

    Game notes

    Kidd had his second triple-double of the season and is third on the NBA's career list. ... Each coach was honored before the game by the NBA. Collins was named Eastern Conference coach of the month and Carlisle earned Western Conference honors for February.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 93
    FGM-FGA 41-77 (.532) 36-81 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 13-24 (.542) 14-24 (.583)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-43 7-36
    Assists 26 20
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 2 0
    Fast Break Points 15 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 3

    Top Performers

    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 13
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Jodie Meeks Meeks
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    On Tuesday, Jason Kidd notched another triple-double to his career resume giving him 107, 3rd-most in NBA history and the most among active players. In fact the next 5 players on the list do not combine for as many triple-dips as Kidd (105). In addition, Kidd did not turnn the ball over Tuesday, the fifth time in his career he posted a triple-double without turning the ball over.
    Jason Kidd notched his 107th career triple-double, most among active players, and third most in NBA history.

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