Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Monday, February 27th

Mavericks 97

(2-2, 1-2 away)

76ers 112

(2-3, 1-2 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, November 9, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 26 26 19 2697
PHI 26 20 30 36112

Top Performers

Dal: K. Van Horn 19 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Phi: A. Iguodala 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Nowitzki leaves in second quarter after straining back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- All it took for the Philadelphia 76ers to play well was for everyone to get involved.

Allen Iverson scored 25 points and keyed a decisive 15-0 run to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Kyle Korver 20 and Chris Webber had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who opened a season-long four-game homestand with their first home win.

"Everybody who came in the game did a heck of a job," coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Keith Van Horn scored 19 points and Jason Terry 15 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki left late in the second quarter after straining his back and did not return. Nowitzki scored 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first half, and has averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games.

Coach Avery Johnson said Nowitzki was day-to-day.

The Mavericks could have used Nowitzki, though it seemed nothing could stop the Sixers once they got rolling.

Trailing by five points with about 1:35 left in the third quarter, Iverson's 17-footer seemed nondescript enough at the time, but it jump started easily the best stretch of basketball for the Sixers this season.

Lee Nailon stole the ball off the inbounds pass and converted a wide-open layup. Then Van Horn turned it over and Nailon's tip-in off an Iverson miss gave the Sixers a 72-71 lead. Next time down, Iverson scored on a nifty, off-balance layup from the left side and Iguodala ended the quarter with two free throws for a 76-71 lead.

With the crowd in a frenzy, Iverson kept up the drives, the fouls and the baskets to open the fourth, converting a three-point play. John Salmons sank an 18-footer to cap the 15-0 run and give the Sixers an 81-71 lead.

"That was probably the best basketball we've played all year," Korver said.

The Sixers thin and underwhelming bench got a rare boost from Salmons, Nailon and James Thomas, who combined for 22 points, 13 rebounds and forced the clutch turnovers that spurred the win.

"If we come with the same spark every night, we'll put ourselves with a good chance to win the game," Nailon said.

With Nowitzki out and guard Devin Harris forced to leave in the third with a sprained left ankle, the Mavericks never got going spanning the third and fourth quarters and watched the Sixers build a 19-point lead.

"They put it on us in the second half," Johnson said. "During that stretch they had, they penetrated well and we didn't handle the press."

Korver's 3-pointer early in the fourth stretched the lead to 91-75 and the slumping forward earned a rousing ovation from the fans who booed him only days earlier. Korver sorely needed this game and shows signs of snapping out his early funk.

He set the team 3-point record last year, but made only two the first three games and scored only eight points. He followed that with five 3s in a 15-point effort in a win Saturday at Indiana. Only two of his nine baskets against the Mavericks were from 3-point range, but Korver has been trying to score more from inside the arc this year.

"I was obviously frustrated," Korver said. "I'm trying to expand my game and everything, and there are some nights you just can't make anything and some nights like tonight I shot a couple of shots that didn't feel good at all and they go in. It's just one of those nights."

Dallas went on a mini-rally late in the fourth, only to have every run thwarted by Iverson.

Terry hit a 3-pointer to pull Dallas within 10, then Iverson hit a jumper. Van Horn scored on a driving layup, then Iverson hit another jumper. And when Terry hit another 3 to finally slice the deficit to nine, Iverson sank two free throws to make it 104-93.

Webber had two thunderous dunks in the waning minutes, Iverson added another basket and the crowd erupted and gave the Sixers a standing ovation as they huddled at halfcourt.

Game notes

Sixers C Samuel Dalembert could miss another 10 days to two weeks with the strained right quad that's forced him out of action all of this year. "It wasn't healing the way it was supposed to heal," he said. ... The shot clocks did not work for most of the game, forcing the time to be announced over the public address system every few seconds. ... Harris also is day-to-day. ... Phillies 1B and NL Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard earned a standing ovation from the crowd when he was introduced.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 97 112
FGM-FGA 37-78 (.474) 43-83 (.518)
3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 2-5 (.400)
FTM-FTA 20-30 (.667) 24-28 (.857)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 13-43
Assists 19 23
Turnovers 14 13
Steals 5 8
Blocks 8 6
Fast Break Points 8 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 19

Top Performers

Keith Van Horn Van Horn
Points: 19
Reb: 13
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Andre Iguodala Iguodala
Points: 22
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 1