The Dallas Mavericks had won two straight games but faced a tough test on Feb. 25 as they traveled to the east coast to face the Philadelphia 76ers. The Mavs were finally back to .500. Getting over that hump against the Eastern Conference-leading Sixers promised to be a struggle.
The Mavs were without Kristaps Porzingis for the third straight game as he deals with a back injury. Expect the Mavericks to continue being cautious with their star.
Luka Doncic stayed hot, but it was not enough as the Mavs fell to the Sixers on Thursday night. It was an uncharacteristic game for Dallas. Here is a look at what sunk them in Philly.
Turnovers and poor shooting hurt Dallas Mavericks in loss to Sixers
Luka Doncic finished with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 29 minutes of action on Feb 25. The Mavs superstar had an uncharacteristic seven turnovers, though. Dallas had set a new season-high with 22 turnovers as the Sixers dominated in fast-break points 22 to ten on Thursday night.
Luka did not play a second in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia earned the blowout victory.
The Mavericks could not get their shots to fall either. Luka was six of 13, but the team hit just 41.6 percent of their 78 field goal attempts. Dallas was crushed in the second quarter as Philly scored 36 and had a 15-point advantage over the 12 minutes. It was an ugly night that Mavs fans would rather forget.
One of the few positives was Luka Doncic hit this impossible shot on Feb. 25.
The Dallas Mavericks continue their road trip on Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets. They have just three games remaining before the All-Star break. The Mavs want to finish strong as they attempt to build momentum for the second half. Supporters will not want to the Feb. 27 contest against Brooklyn’s “Big 3”. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show.