Dirk Nowitzki had another strong performance, putting up 25 points on 9-12 shooting, including 5-7 on 3-point attempts. Shawn Marion also contributed for Dallas, finishing with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had another strong game for Philadelphia despite the loss, scoring 30 points on 12-29 shooting, including 2-7 from behind the arc. He also added 13 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists. Michael Carter-Williams added 25 points and 6 assists.
As expected, the efficient offense of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the porous defense of Philadelphia (ranked 28th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.16 points per possession. The Mavericks recorded a sizzling eFG% of 68.2% and, on the season, are undefeated (7-0) when exceeding 60% in that statistic. Conversely, Philadelphia is winless (0-5) when opponents scorch the nets at that clip.
Philadelphia (15-41) has now lost 10 straight.
Coming up, the Mavericks square off against the Detroit Pistons, who are 22-32 on the season. The 76ers match up with the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 10-44 this year. The Mavericks have a 1-0 record against Detroit this season. The 76ers have a 1-1 record against Milwaukee this season.
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