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Friday, February 21st
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (32-23) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-40), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers have dropped nine straight, but
they were active on trade deadline day and it's time to see if there will be
any improvement when they host the Dallas Mavericks Friday night at Wells
The biggest move of the deadline saw the Sixers ship Evan Turner and Lavoy
Allen to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger, a former All-Star
turned role player, and a 2015 second-round pick.
The Sixers traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday
and, combined with a small deal involving the Washington Wizards and Denver
Nuggets, acquired Earl Clark, Harry Sims, Eric Maynor and four second-round
picks. They also picked up big man Byron Mullens and a second-round pick from
the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second-rounder.
(The Sixers reportedly waived Clark already to keep the roster at 15.)
While trading some of their best players may pay dividends in the future, it
won't help combating this current slide. The Sixers haven't won since Jan. 29
and are 0-8 in February, their longest skid since the 2009-10 campaign.
Philly has dropped eight in a row in the Wells Fargo Center, something that
hasn't happened in one season since 1996-97. That was the venue for the
Sixers' most recent setback, a 114-85 drubbing Tuesday night by the Cavs.
Thaddeus Young and Michael-Carter Williams led Philadelphia with 15 points
"I think that when you're losing games and at this stage of the year, there is
a beat down effect that we're trying to avoid," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
The Mavs were barely even mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Thursday's
deadline. They were still trying to figure out what happened to them on
Tuesday when LeBron James torched them for 42 en route to a 117-106 win for
the Miami Heat.
The Mavs, who had won six of seven heading into the All-Star break, committed
16 turnovers and watched the Heat shoot 57.1 percent from the floor, negating
their huge 50-28 rebounding advantage.
Dirk Nowitzki filled the box score with 22 points, nine boards and seven
assists in defeat.
Vince Carter added 15 points for Dallas, as his four-point play with 7:47
remaining put the hosts ahead 95-92.
From there, the Mavs went over six minutes without a making field goal,
missing nine consecutive shots and turning the ball over three times during
"It was a game of runs, and they were able to get the last run and get the
win," Mavs forward Shawn Marion said.
The Mavericks beat the Sixers in Dallas on Nov. 18 and now, they've taken
eight of the last 10 matchups. The teams have split the last six meetings in
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