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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 14,928

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Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Mavericks have won the last two games in this series, as well as five out of six, eight of 10, and 12 of their last 15 games against the 76ers.
  2. Dallas lost to Miami on Tuesday, 117-106, for the club's second loss in its last three games after winning five in a row prior to that.
  3. Philadelphia lost to Cleveland on Tuesday, 114-85, for the team's ninth straight defeat; it is the 76ers' longest losing streak since dropping 12 in a row in November-December 2009.
  4. Michael Carter-Williams has made 38.0 percent of his shots from the floor since January 1; that is the fourth-lowest mark in the league in calendar year 2014 (minimum 250 attempts).
  5. Over his last 10 games, Dirk Nowitzki is scoring 24.5 points per game on 56.8 percent shooting from the floor, 48.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 95.1 percent from the foul line.
  6. In his last three games against the 76ers, Monta Ellis has averaged 26.7 points and 7.3 assists, while making 60.0 percent of his two-point field-goal tries (27/45) but just 21.4 percent of his treys (3/14).


STATS Writer

(AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks are setting off on a three-game road trip against beatable teams from the Eastern Conference. First up is a team that appears even more vulnerable after a bevy of trade deadline moves.

The Mavericks look to send the Philadelphia 76ers to a 10th straight loss in their first game since parting with leading scorer Evan Turner and starting center Spencer Hawes.

"We understand the nature of this time of the year," said 76ers coach Brett Brown, whose team most notably received injury-prone forward Danny Granger and his expiring contract from Indiana for Turner. "We understand the effect it has on human beings when you get beaten like we've been beaten recently, and that lack of self-esteem or lack of confidence or wondering what the future brings, it's my job to help them navigate through this. ... But that beat-down effect rears its head in a bunch of ways, and I see it now in them."

That's not something Dallas (32-23), which remained quiet through the deadline, can necessarily relate to. The Mavericks entered the All-Star break with six wins in seven games, though they did drop their return from the break with Tuesday's 117-106 home loss to Miami.

Dirk Nowitzki has 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Mavericks failed to beat the top two teams in the East in consecutive games after entering the break with a win at Indiana.

"I like how we competed," Nowitzki told the team's official website. "We played hard and gave ourselves a chance. Just down the stretch we weren't good enough. LeBron (James) kept making plays, and they stepped up their defense a little bit. We couldn't score the last four or five minutes, so I guess that separates a good team from a great team."

Dallas has won five of six against Philadelphia, including a 97-94 home victory on Nov. 18. Monta Ellis had 24 points and 10 assists while Nowitzki had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Turner led all scorers with 26.

In what ended up being Turner's final game with Philadelphia on Tuesday, the 76ers (15-40) started a five-game homestand with an embarrassing 114-85 loss to surging Cleveland. The nine-game losing streak is their longest since a 12-game skid in 2009-10.

Thaddeus Young had 15 points and nine rebounds while Michael Carter-Williams scored 15 but had seven turnovers and just one assist. Brown said Wednesday the rookie point guard is battling flu-like symptoms, but needs to better embrace the demands of his position after averaging 5.1 turnovers in his last seven games.

"The bottom line is he's got to run our team and be a point guard, and he's hit perhaps a little bit of a down patch," Brown said.

On Thursday, the 76ers followed up the latest loss by first trading Hawes to the Cavaliers for reserve forward Earl Clark, reserve center Henry Sims and two second-round picks.

Just before the 3 p.m. deadline, they made the Turner-Granger swap, which also sent Lavoy Allen to the Pacers and a 2015 second-round pick to the 76ers. The 30-year-old Granger, a 2009 All-Star, averaged 8.3 points in 29 games for the Pacers this season but has seen his career disrupted by injuries.

Philadelphia further shook up the roster in a three-team deal with Denver and Washington, taking on guard Eric Maynor from the Wizards and an additional two second-round picks. The pick from the Wizards comes in 2015 and one from the Nuggets is in 2016. Washington receives a protected 2014 second-round pick from the 76ers.

One final move brought center Byron Mullens to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Updated February 20, 2014

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