Mavericks 99, 76ers 90

With top scorer Dirk Nowitzki at less than full strength because

of a sprained ankle, the Dallas Mavericks thrived with a more

balanced approach.

Reserve J.J. Barea had a season-high 19 points, Nowitzki added

16, and Mavericks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 99-90 on Friday night

for their third straight victory.

Nowitzki rolled his right ankle in the second quarter of

Wednesday night’s win at Memphis, sitting out the final 3 1/2

minutes of the first half. He participated in Friday morning’s

shootaround, and felt good enough to be in the starting lineup.

Nowitzki went 5 for 15 from the field with five fouls and three

turnovers on a so-so night, but Shawn Marion had 16 points and

Jason Terry 13 to help the Mavericks to their fifth victory in six


”We’ve got a deep team,” Barea said. ”We’ve got a lot of guys

who can score. We were still happy Dirk was out there, even if he’s

on one leg.”

The Mavericks got big nights from their centers, with Brendan

Haywood contributing 17 rebounds and Tyson Chandler providing 11

points and 12 boards before fouling out with 2:14 left.

”Right now they’ve got a tag-team thing going (at center)

that’s helping us,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ”They’re

getting a lot done. Haywood’s 17 rebounds is a monster


Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and Spencer Hawes had a

season-high 14 for Philadelphia. Andres Nocioni also scored 14 for

the Sixers, who were unable to contend with the Mavericks’ center


”Their size killed us,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. ”Tyson

Chandler and Brendan had 29 rebounds, 12 on the offensive

backboards … it was the second shots that just wore us


Jason Kidd recorded his 11,000th career assist with 9:51 left in

the first quarter on Chandler’s alley-oop dunk, and the Mavericks

carried a 31-22 lead into the second quarter.

”That’s a pass I enjoy,” said Kidd, who finished with 10

points and eight assists, giving him 11,007 for his career. ”Tyson

made a nice catch. He had the hard part. I’ve played with some guys

who can put the ball in the basket. I’ve always enjoyed passing the


Kidd is second on the career assists list, trailing John

Stockton’s 15,806.

Dallas held a 55-48 halftime advantage.

After trailing by as many as 10 in the first half, the Sixers

tied it at 71 on Jrue Holiday’s layup with 2:25 left in the third


But Barea converted layups on consecutive possessions and

Haywood hit a free throw with less than a second left in the third

quarter to give the Mavericks a 78-75 edge.

Barea worked inside for two more short-range baskets during a

7-2 run to open the final quarter, extending Dallas’ advantage to

85-77. The Mavs went on to lead by as many as 14 down the stretch,

coasting to their sixth straight home win over the Sixers.

”(Barea’s) penetration was key,” Carlisle said. ”His minutes

were vital to us winning the game because he made a lot of positive

things happen. He hit big shots.”

Notes: Mavericks G/F Caron Butler (14.7 ppg., third on the team)

missed his second consecutive game due to back spasms. … Sixers

G/F Andre Iguodala was back in the starting lineup after sitting

out two games with right Achilles’ tendinitis, scoring 13 points.

… G Lou Williams remains in the Philadelphia rotation despite a

separated left shoulder. … The Mavs have won eight of their last

10 against the 76ers.