Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki, and the Dallas Mavericks entered Monday night’s match-up with the Sixers undefeated at home. Much to the chagrin of Evan Turner and the Sixers, they left American Airlines Arena the same way.
Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavs with 23 points, including 19 in the second half, to go along with 10 assists. Dirk Nowitzki also managed a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards while Samuel Dalembert was a key contributor off the bench with 8 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
For the Sixers, Evan Turner carried the load offensively, netting 26 points to go with his 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young also notched double-doubles of their own despite both struggling from the field.
Brett Brown’s squad struggled to shoot the ball from start to finish, converting on just 38-of-99 shot attempts. While the turnover margin is largely in favor of the Sixers, as well as points in the paint, shooting just 54% from the free-throw line will erase any advantage.
When all was said and done, Monta Ellis was too much for Philadelphia to handle. When he wasn’t finding the open teammate for the open shot, he was splitting defenders, penetrating, and getting his own shot. After getting off to a rough start, Ellis took over in the second half, simply willing the Mavs to victory.
Michael Carter-Williams missed yet another game with his left foot injury.