The Sixers on Friday night found out why you must play a 48 minute basketball game in the NBA to win games. The Sixers were leading by 14 points at halftime and they had dominated the first 24 minutes of the basketball game Friday night. In the second half though the Sixers shot very poorly and the Mavericks came back and beat the Sixers, 82-75 in front of over 19,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
In the second half the Sixers were outscored by the Mavericks, 45-24. The Sixers shot 9 for 42 in the second half for 21.4 percent from the field. The Sixers, 20-11 have now lost four of their last six games and have lost three in a row at home. The Dallas Mavericks, the defending NBA champions have won six in a row and are 20-11 on the season.
The Sixers had done a very good job in the first half on the Mavericks Dirk Nowitski. Nowitski shot 2 for 11 for four points in the first half. In the second half he was on his game and should why he is one of the better players in the NBA. He scored 24 points shooting 8 for 11 from the floor.
THe guard play for the Sixers was the worst it has been all season long. They just could not hit a basket. Jrue Holiday was 0 for 9, Jodie Meeks 0 for 3, Lou Williams was 4 for 15, and Evan Turner was 2 for 11. Between the four guards on the night they were 6 for 38. The Sixers' rookie center Nik Vucevic was the lone good spot on the night as he scored his career-high 16 points on 7 for 8 shooting from the field.
This was the worst game of the season for the Sixers. The Sixers led the game at halftime 51-37 and came out in the second half and just played badly. It was also helped by the Dallas Mavericks coming out in the second half and playing like true champions they are. They played better than the Sixers but the Sixers need to learn that a basketball game in the NBA consists of 48 minutes of complete team play. The Sixers no doubt learned a lesson but they let a halftime lead get away as the Dallas Mavericks showed why they are a very good basketball team.