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Monday, January 19, 2009

76ers-Mavericks: Sixers' Win Streak Comes To a Close in a Heartbreaker

Coming into this game, the Sixers were riding a seven game win streak. But all win streaks must come to an end and that is exactly what the Dallas Mavericks did to the Sixers this afternoon at the Wachovia Center. The Mavs won 95-93 on a last second two point shot by Dirk Nowitzki.

The Mavericks improved their record to 24-17, while the Sixers fell back under .500 and now sit at 20-21.

The Sixers were up 46-42 at the half, but a big third quarter by the Mavericks where they outscored Philadelphia 32-17 made the fourth quarter an uphill battle for the Sixers.

The Sixers fought back at the end of the fourth quarter to even the score up with eight seconds remaining on an Andre Iguodala two point shot. But then Dirk Nowitzki hit the two point buzzer beater to hand the Sixers' their first loss in eight games.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 25 points in just 26 minutes off the bench. That is almost a point a minute! Andre Iguodala continued his hot streak, scoring 18 including the tying two point jumper and he added 12 rebounds.

Andre Miller added 12 points and seven assists, and Thaddeus Young and Royal Ivey both added 11 points. Rookie Marreese Speights did not play well, scoring just two points and grabbing one board in 17 minutes. His +/- on the game was a dreadful -10, which is the team's net points while he is on the floor.

The Sixers were expecting to have Elton Brand back for this one, but they decided to keep him inactive and give him an extra week's rest before their next game on Saturday.

Despite the loss, the Sixers continued their recent success with three point shooting. As a team, they shot 41% from behind the arc including three of three from Iguodala, four of nine from Lou Williams, and two of five by Royal Ivey.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 24 points including hitting 10 for 10 from the free throw line. Jason Kidd scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and had six assists. Josh Howard added 10 points and eight rebounds and Jason Terry added 20 points and four steals off the bench.

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