Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/29

Game 1: Saturday, January 29th
Game 2: Friday, April 1st

Mavericks 100

(49-23, 25-11 away)

76ers 83

(35-37, 20-15 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 24 31 24 21100
PHI 19 22 16 2683

Top Performers

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Philadelphia: M. Jackson 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

Dirk leads way with 29; Dallas 7-1 under Johnson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks wrapped up a playoff spot, while the Philadelphia 76ers missed a chance to open up some breathing room.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, going 14-for-14 from the foul line, and former Philadelphia player Keith Van Horn added 15 points to help the Mavericks clinch a playoff spot with a 100-83 victory over the 76ers on Friday night.

"I haven't been around a playoff team, so I'm getting to learn what it's all about," said Jason Terry, who will make his first career playoff appearance after spending his first five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. "It's huge for my career. I want to get out on a pedestal and show the world what I can do."

The Mavericks, fourth in the Western Conference, won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1 since Avery Johnson replaced Don Nelson as head coach on March 19.

"Our defense was really good," Johnson said. "We were physical and did a good job clogging up the lane."

The 76ers, who have lost three straight, have a half-game lead over New Jersey for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. New Jersey beat New York on Friday night.

"We had an opportunity to pretty much secure our position, and we didn't take advantage of that," Aaron McKie said. "So it's going to come down to the last week."

Allen Iverson scored 22 points for the 76ers before sitting out the fourth quarter because of a strained groin. Marc Jackson also had 22 points for Philadelphia.

"We have to start making a couple of shots," 76ers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We keep an offensive chart -- red is a bad look, black is a make, and green is a good look that is missed. There was a lot of green on there tonight."

The Sixers were just 2-for-20 from 3-point range, and their starting frontcourt was only 3-for-21 from the field.

"They made shots. We didn't," McKie said. "Our effort was there. We were out there trying -- it just didn't go our way."

The 76ers played without Chris Webber for the second time since acquiring him from Sacramento in February. Webber is expected to miss at least two more games after spraining his left shoulder against Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Game notes

Iverson will be re-evaluated Saturday. Iverson also missed the last 5:23 of the first half because of the groin injury. ... Dallas improved its road record to 25-11, third best in the NBA. ... Mavericks center Eric Dampier returned after missing three games with a hip flexor. He finished with 10 rebounds and five points.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 83
FGM-FGA 33-74 (.446) 31-82 (.378)
3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 2-20 (.100)
FTM-FTA 29-36 (.806) 19-23 (.826)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-48 11-44
Assists 16 18
Turnovers 13 15
Steals 9 7
Blocks 7 1
Fast Break Points 2 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 25 (2/0)
Largest Lead 25 2

Top Performers

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 29
Reb: 7
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Marc Jackson Jackson
Points: 22
Reb: 5
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0