Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/27/12
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jrue Holiday almost single-handedly carried the Philadelphia 76ers in Sunday's victory over the Phoenix Suns. On Tuesday, he had plenty of help. After a scintillating 33-point, 13-assist performance two nights ago, Holiday followed that up with an 18-point, seven-assist effort in a 100-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Evan Turner led the Sixers (9-6) with 22 points and Thaddeus Young also contributed 20 points. Rookie point guard Maalik Wayns played his finest game of the season with 10 points off the bench. With the game tied at 81-81 in the fourth quarter, the Sixers ripped off a 10-0 run. Young had four points during the spurt, but Spencer Hawes, Dorell Wright and Nick Young also had two points each. The Sixers' victory spoiled the return of forward Elton Brand, who was handed the amnesty clause by the Sixers following last season. Brand was terrific the entire game and wound up with a season-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds. Chris Kaman paced the Mavericks (7-8) with 20 points and Shawn Marion also scored 17 points. Vince Carter had 15, Darren Collison 12 and O.J. Mayo 11. Mayo's 3-pointer with 2:33 remaining cut the Sixers' lead to 96-91. Turner responded with two free throws and Philadelphia quickly went back ahead by seven. Dallas stayed close and got within 100-98 on Carter's left-handed layup with 37.2 seconds left. The Mavericks closed the gap thanks to an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers by the Sixers. Mayo had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled with 2.7 seconds remaining. After Mayo missed the first free throw, he missed the second on purpose and the ball bounced to Jae Crowder beyond the 3-point line. Crowder's shot clanged off the backboard and rim and bounced away. The Sixers started the game by making their first seven shots. But they cooled off and Dallas went ahead by as many as nine points late in the second quarter. Turner led the Sixers with 12 points while Young had nine points. Brand scored 12 points and five rebounds in the first half. Kaman also caused major problems in the low post with a team-best 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting as the Mavs took a 56-53 lead into the locker room. NOTES: Dallas guard Vince Carter played in his 1,001st career game. He's the 104th player in NBA history to reach the 1,000-game-plus milestone. ... Mavericks assistant coach Jim O'Brien was the Sixers' head coach for one season in 2004-05 when he compiled a 43-39 record and a playoff berth. ... The Sixers have played 10 of their first 15 games at home. Their next two games will be on the road against Charlotte Friday and Chicago Saturday. ... Holiday has five double-doubles this season after recording one last season. ... Young has started every game this season after starting only two games combined the previous two seasons for the Sixers.
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