The Dallas Mavericks secured a 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on 12/18. Dallas used a 14-4 run from the 9:30 mark of the fourth quarter through the 4:16 mark of the period to open up a 12-point advantage, 94-82, to end their three-game losing streak. O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 26 points, on only 12 shots from the field, to go along with three rebounds and a season-high eight assists in 36 minutes. It was his 14th game with 20-plus points this season. Dallas improved to 7-1 on the year when he scores 25-plus points in a game. He led Dallas in scoring for the 17th time this season.
As a two man game partner to Mayo, Chris Kaman posted his fifth 20-point effort of the season with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds in 30 minutes. He scored a season-high eight fourth-quarter points against the Sixers. With the win, Dallas improved to 4-1 on the year when Kaman scores 20-plus points in a game.
Shawn Marion eclipsed the 16,000-point plateau against the Sixers. He became the 95th player in NBA history with at least 16,000 points. A seven-foot bank shot at the 7:41 mark of the first quarter gave him four points for the game (and 16,001 for his career). Marion recorded 14 points and nine rebounds against Philadelphia, coming one rebound shy of his fourth consecutive double-double. Marion is averaging 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 35.8 minutes over his last four games, after he missed the previous two with a strained right groin.
Derek Fisher left the game against the 76ers after suffering a strained patellar tendon with 6:51 remaining in the first quarter. He will have a MRI on 12/19.
Here is the quoteboard for the win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On if there were any positives to take away from the game: “Yeah, the guys did a good job. I was very proud of them. I’m not any moral victories by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I want our players [to be]. But we fought. This Dallas team’s a very good offensive team. They put a lot of pressure on your in a lot of ways, and our weakness they can expose. And that was some of the things they can do. We just couldn’t get the ball stopped and keep it out of the paint at the end of the game. If we could make somebody maybe make a shot to beat us, but they just got up on top of the rim. Mayo got in there two or three times and we just couldn’t get a stop.”
On the bench’s performance, specifically Dominique Jones and Brandon Wright: “Those two guys did a really nice job for us. We got hurt in the first half when the bench came in and probably subbed too many guys. We had a bit of a lead and it kind of disappeared. In the second half, we tightened it up a little bit and they made runs and they were throwing in the threes, but we were able to withstand it. We’re happy to get out of here alive.”
On the two man game between O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman: “Chris was setting some good screens. We try to involve those guys in a lot of things because they’re both playing well. Some of the things that were happening were probably a little more random than they looked, but we’ve got to be in a playmaking mode all of the time. We don’t want to slow it down and call plays. O.J.’s aggression – especially after they cut it to six with about two-and-a-half minutes to go – was really key. He got to the rim twice in a row which were really huge plays and got us back up 10 and we were able to survive it.”
On the injury to Derek Fisher: “We don’t believe it’s serious. I believe it to be, based on what Doc said, a strained or sprained [right] patellar tendon, but he’ll have an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of it. He’s walking and stuff, so at this point it doesn’t look like a serious situation.”
On Shawn Marion reach the 16,000 point milestone: “That’s a pretty significant number. I’m very happy for him.”
On the improved turnover total: “The total was good…Compared to what’s been happening, it was great. It’s fantastic.”
“This win tonight is dedicated to the memory of Fisher Floyd (season-ticket holder who passed away last week)…He was a friend of the Mavericks, a friend of mine.”
On reaching 16,000 points: “I can score that ball. It’s that simple. (laugh) It’s a great accomplishment. It seems like every game I’m breaking another record or something. It’s cool. I guess the older you get and the more games you keep playing, the more you keep doing a lot of stuff.”
On playing in the fourth quarter: “It’s the most important time of the game, its crunch time, and I was glad I was out there to finish plays and to get a win.”
On Dorell Wright: “He hurt us a little bit…he had hadn’t made a three in five games, then he makes seven of them…it’s an unbelievable percentage to go 7-for-13, he had a good game and he kept them in the game there late, but we were victorious there in the end, and that was the most important thing.”
On playing at the end of games and playing in clutch situations: “The opportunity presents itself and I feel comfortable in that situation. You start to attack and you make a positive play for our team.”
On defense: “He (Evan Turner) came out running the “one”, we wanted to make it tough on him and I think they battled him well and picked him up the full length of the court. We wanted to make him work the ball up the court and we played with a lot of energy tonight.”
On fixing his turnover issue: “I just need to take my time and observe and make the easy pass.”
On Chris Kaman’s shooting: “He can shoot that thing. When Dirty gets back it’ll be the same way. There will be a lot of space for us to attack and make the simple play.”
On where he’s at, 25 games into the season: “I’m just trying to continue to get better. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m happy with getting better. We’re all working to be a much better team than we are now. I’ll keep working and keep getting at it.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.