Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/19/12
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks continued their season-long torrid shooting at home, and they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-100 victory over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks shot 54.2 percent for the game (39-for-72). Dallas guard O.J. Mayo scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half, and he helped the Mavericks take control in the fourth quarter after they led by just two points entering the final period. Mayo scored the final five points of the third quarter to give the Mavs back a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He also scored consecutive baskets late in the fourth after Philadelphia cut a 12-point deficit to 96-90 with 2:49 to go on back-to-back 3-pointers by Dorell Wright. Mayo's buckets made it 100-90, and the Mavs salted it away from there, handing Philadelphia (12-13) a fourth consecutive defeat. "The opportunity presents itself, and I feel comfortable in that situation," Mayo said. "You start to attack and you make a positive play for our team." The 3-ball was ultimately the Sixers' undoing. While Wright went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc, his teammates were a combined 6-of-23, including Jason Richardson whiffing on his first six attempts before hitting a meaningless 3-pointer late. Dallas (12-13) got significant contributions from starters Chris Kaman (20 points, seven rebounds) and Shawn Marion (14 points, nine rebounds) and a boost off the bench from guard Darren Collison (12 points), guard Dominique Jones (eight points) and center Brandan Wright (10 points, six rebounds in 17 minutes). "It feels good to come out and play well," Kaman said. "And it's important for us to get that win going into the next game." Dallas begins a brutal six-game stretch to end 2012 on Thursday against the Miami Heat. Then the Mavericks face the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs twice, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia, playing a third consecutive game without point guard Jrue Holiday, got a team-high 25 points from Wright. Spencer Hawes added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Evan Turner had 17 points and five assists. "I just feel so bad for Evan right now," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We're asking him to guard a point guard, to handle the ball, to get us into our offense, and that's why I put Maalik (Wilkins) out there tonight." Wilkins contributed three points and nine assists without committing a turnover in 21 minutes. The Mavs scored on 10 of 11 possessions during a stretch of the second quarter, then closed the period with a 5-0 spurt to take a 57-52 halftime lead. Without Holiday, the normally low-turnover Sixers coughed it up an uncharacteristic eight times in the first half. They wound up with 13 giveaways. The Mavs, who averaged more than 21 turnovers in their three consecutive road losses entering Tuesday's game, had just four before halftime and finished the game with 11. "This is a team that in the last two games had 45 turnovers, and we had two deflections," Collins said. "So, I just told our guys, 'We stopped them four times the entire second quarter.' We're not going to be the Bad News Bears Breaking Training, go on the road and give up 57 (points) in a half and play that way. We just can't do it." Notes: Mavs guard Derek Fisher left the game in the first quarter with a right knee strain and did not return. He initially was not going to play due to the flu. ... Marion passed 16,000 career points with his eight-point first quarter, and he became one of just five players to record at least 16,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and 1,500 steals, joining Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett and Charles Barkley. ... Mavs forward Elton Brand missed the game with a groin injury. ... Holiday remains out with a sprained left foot.
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