02/11/2007 Mavericks @ Philadelphia
The Mavs appeared on their way to an easy win until the Sixers bench made it interesting.
Jason Terry hit consecutive jumpers in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs stave off a surprising Sixers rally that saw them slice a 30-point deficit down to only eight. Nowitzki also added back-to-back baskets that pushed the lead back to 14 and helped Dallas to its 18th road win of the season.
Terry scored 16 points and had 11 assists, and Devean George and Josh Howard each had 15 points.
The Mavericks play two more on the road this week at Milwaukee and Houston and don't return home until their NBA finals rematch with Miami on Feb. 22.
Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 21 points, Kyle Korver added 18 and Andre Miller 16.
Iguodala was the only starter on the floor for most of Philadelphia's 30-8 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and stunned a Dallas team was on cruise control early in this one. Willie Green scored a pair of baskets and Korver hit a jumper to pull the Sixers to 86-75.
Iguodala was fouled on a driving layup and sank the free throw to cap the run and make it 86-78 with 8:40 left.
Then Terry hit his jumpers, Nowitzki hit two and George sank a 3 for a 97-80 lead that put away for the Sixers for good.
But the game never should have been that close.
The Mavericks absolutely overwhelmed the Sixers in the first half, making a remarkable 15 of 19 shots from the floor (79 percent) and used a 31-9 spurt that seemingly put the game out of reach. Turned out, the Mavs were sure glad they had that cushion early in the fourth.
Devean George scored nine points in the quarter, with the game looking quite similar to their last meeting when Dallas scored 21 straight points in a December victory. It was more of the same in the third, twice going up by 30 points - the final time with 5:46 left in the quarter.
Notes: Sixers C Steven Hunter dislocated a finger in his left hand in the first quarter. ... Dallas' season-high point total for a quarter is 66 against Seattle. ... Each of Philadelphia's last two losses were by one point. ... The Sixers are 2-29 when trailing at the end of three.