Instant Replay: Sixers 116, Mavericks 74

Instant Replay: Sixers 116, Mavericks 74


It was the luck of the Sixers on St. Patrick's Day.

The Sixers completely dominated the Mavericks, 116-74, in Nerlens Noel's first game back to Philadelphia. This was the Sixers' largest margin of victory since Jan. 30, 2008, when they beat the Bucks, 112-69, per Basketball Reference. The Mavs' 74 points were the fewest scored by a Sixers' opponent this season.

The Sixers took an 11-point lead over the Mavericks at halftime after dominating the entire second quarter. They outscored the Mavs, 36-16, in the third and led by as many as 43 in the fourth.

Noel scored nine points with five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in his return after being traded to Dallas. He checked in with 6:45 to go in the first quarter and appeared nerved up early on. Noel committed a turnover and missed a fast-break alley-oop. Still, he settled in and logged nearly 19 minutes off the bench.

Noel wasn't the only person involved in the trade … and Justin Anderson made that known. Anderson scored a team-high 19 points with eight rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. He wasted little time draining his first shot of the game, a three, against his former team. His hustle play included this one-handed putback dunk off a Nik Stauskas miss. 

The Sixers snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Mavericks. They improved to 25-43. The playoff-hunting Mavericks dropped to 29-39.

Holmes starts
Brett Brown based his starting center on the Mavericks' lineup. Richaun Holmes got the nod because the Mavs started Dirk Nowitzki. Brown felt the more athletic-minded Holmes would be better suited to defend Nowitzki, who spreads the floor. 

When Noel checked in, Jahlil Okafor did, too. Finally, Noel and Okafor were able to share the court.

Inside the box score
• Robert Covington scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

• Holmes scored 17 points, including 15 in the first half. He started off the game 7 for 7 from the field and finished 8 for 11 with seven rebounds in 20 minutes.

• Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points off the Sixers' bench.

• Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 14 points as a reserve. Only two other players scored in double digits: J.J. Barea (11 points) and Nowitzki (10 points).

• The Sixers focused on the glass after Salah Mejri beat them on the boards in their last game. They outrebounded the Mavs, 55-34.

Noel 'thank you' video
The Sixers showed their appreciation for Noel's three-plus seasons with the organization by putting together a video that aired during a first-quarter timeout (see video).

Have a seat
T.J. McConnell found himself with an unexpected seat in the crowd during the third quarter. He picked off a Mavericks' pass, threw it to Covington and landed in a chair courtside. They're really quite comfortable, so not a bad spot to end up.

Up next
The Sixers will host the Celtics on Sunday afternoon before departing for a five-city road trip, starting in Orlando on Monday.

Allen Iverson gives Sixers all he has from crowd in comeback

Allen Iverson gives Sixers all he has from crowd in comeback


Allen Iverson intently watched the Sixers pull out a 120-116 win over the Nets Friday standing on the court of the Wells Fargo Center (see observations)

After the buzzer sounded, he gave an impromptu postgame press conference as he walked through the room where Brett Brown addresses the media. 

“I’m very familiar with this right here,” Iverson said, laying his hand on the podium. 

When the topic of his desire to get in the game and still play came up, the 42-year-old Hall of Famer replied, “I always want to help, but I’m too old to help. I can’t help no more … I can’t play no more. “The Answer” has gone to heaven and Allen Iverson is still here.” 

Iverson was very much a part of the game from the sidelines. He stood during the final stretch in the fourth quarter, enthusiastically reacted to calls, and high-fived fans as the Sixers closed out the victory in the final seconds. 

“It’s awesome,” Ben Simmons said. “He wants us to win. He’s behind us. He can obviously see we have a lot of potential, which is awesome coming from him.” 

Iverson made a request about the Sixers, who at 38-30 are chasing a return to the playoffs and possibly home-court advantage. 

“Treat my ‘little dudes,’” Iverson said with air quotes, referencing how he described the players in an interview last week, “treat them right and give them a chance.”

The Sixers noticed Iverson's encouragement. 

“I saw him, I saw the support,” Joel Embiid said. “I like it. Like he said, we are his little dudes. I appreciate the support.” 

Goran Dragic helps Heat snap road losing streak

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Goran Dragic helps Heat snap road losing streak

LOS ANGELES — Goran Dragic scored 30 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final seconds, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-91 on Friday night.

Miami trailed 91-90 after Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer for Los Angeles with 1:23 left. But Dragic got the lead back for the Heat with about 15 seconds remaining and Isaiah Thomas missed a 10-foot fallaway jumper at the buzzer for the Lakers.

Kelly Olynyk scored 17 points for Miami. James Johnson had 12 points, and Bam Adebayo added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The road win left the Heat 15 1/2 games back in the Eastern Conference, in a virtual tie with Milwaukee for seventh. Miami (37-33) has played two more games than the Bucks (see full recap).

DeRozan lifts Raptors to 11th straight win
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, extending their season-best run to 11 by beating the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night.

DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors won for the 18th time in 19 games. Kyle Lowry got the night off to rest as the Raptors played the second game of the back-to-back.

Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet each scored 14 points, helping Toronto improved to an NBA-best 29-5 at home.

Dallas had won three of four. Harrison Barnes scored 27 points for the Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 and J.J. Barea 18 (see full recap).

Rozier, Celtics hold off Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe each scored 17 points, helping the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 92-83 on Friday night.

Boston stopped a two-game losing streak despite shooting just 37.8 percent from the field. Al Horford had 15 points for the Celtics, and Abdel Nader finished with 11.

Orlando lost for the sixth time in seven games. Reserve Shelvin Mack scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Jonathon Simmons and D.J. Augustin had 13 apiece (see full recap).

Shorthanded Warriors fall at home to Kings
OAKLAND, Calif. — Buddy Hield made three free throws over the final 27.5 seconds, Willie Cauley-Stein had a late dunk and the Sacramento Kings won for the second time this season on Golden State's home floor, beating a Warriors team missing its top three scorers 98-93 on Friday night.

Hield finished with 22 points off the bench. He also had seven assists and seven rebounds.

Quinn Cook scored a career-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting for Golden State, making his initial seven shots and also hitting a career-best five 3-pointers after Kevin Durant was lost to a broken rib in a discouraging pregame announcement for the defending champions.

Draymond Green returned from a one-game injury absence to produce 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocked shots (see full recap).