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Late free throws prove costly, Dallas drops second straight

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Late free throws prove costly, Dallas drops second straight


Dallas (1-6) dropped its second-straight contest on Saturday evening following a 112-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavs faced a nine-point deficit after the first quarter. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews led a charge in the second quarter for Dallas with 10 points each, respectively. Philadelphia’s lead was cut to a single point at halftime.

Defending the paint proved to be the downfall for any second-half surge. Dallas was minus-10 (44-34) at points in the paint. Fortunately, the Mavs were able to find their stroke from distance, which kept them close throughout the evening. Dallas connected on 19-for-40 from three (47.5 percent).

The Mavericks also shot well from the free throw line until they needed it most. Dallas was 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) from the charity stripe. But two of the four misses came at the expense of a Mavs’ win.

With four-tenths of a second remaining in the contest, Yogi Ferrell stood at the free-throw line — Mavs trailing 112-110 — with two shots and an opportunity to send the game into overtime. Ferrell missed the first free throw and intentionally missed the second with failed hopes of a last-second tip.

Among scorers there were six Mavs to finish with double-digit point totals. Barnes led all Mavs with 25 points, Matthews added 19 in the loss, Nowitzki totaled 11 points, 5 rebounds and two blocks while Dennis Smith Jr. racked up 12 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds and 6 turnovers. Ferrell added 17 points off the bench whileJ.J. Barea scored 15 in the loss.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid paced Philadelphia to a victory. Simmons finished with 23 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Embiid notched 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to pair with 7 turnovers.

Dallas returns to action at 8 p.m. on Monday. The Mavericks will travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz.


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