The Dallas Mavericks (19-9) showed some grit and kept battling to get the victory over the home Philadelphia 76 era (20-10) in an intradivisional game at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers started off on the right foot and seized leads of 13-5 and 16-9 but the Mavs kept working to overcome the deficits.
Tim Hardaway Jr. stole the first quarter spotlight by nailing 5 three-pointers on 5 chances and Dallas closed the quarter with a 35-28 edge.
The Mavericks went to a simple man to man defense and Philadelphia could not overcome and were left forcing shots.
Dallas just chugged along and took a half time lead of 68-57.
Krisstaps Porringas (22 Pat’s, 18 rebounds) took over for the injured, Luka Doncic and was the difference in this one.
Dallas cruised into the final quarter holding an eleven point edge at 88-77.
Philadelphia battled but fell short and has now lost three straight games with two at home where they had been 12-0 prior to this week.
Free Throws: Hardaway cooled down after the first but finished with 27 points on the night.
For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid once again was a standout, knocking back 33 points and cementing 17 boards.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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