A Tale of Two Halves, Defending Champion Mavs Top Sixers 82-75

A Tale of Two Halves, Defending Champion Mavs Top Sixers 82-75

The Sixers certainly enjoyed their first 24 minutes of play in the ESPN national spotlight. The second 24? Not so much.
Despite the Sixers taking a 51-37 halftime lead, the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks left the Wells Fargo Center with an 82-75 win. Dallas simply locked things down defensively in the second half - holding the Sixers to just 8 third quarter points.
Dirk Nowitzki did what Dirk Nowitzki does - namely bury unstoppable off-balance jumper after unstoppable off-balance jumper. He finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds and was unguardable in the second half.
The starting backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Jodie Meeks combined to shoot 0-12 from the floor. As a team the Sixers were almost as bad from behind the arc - shooting just 1-14 from distance.
If there was a bright spot, it was the play of the young big men. Nik Vucevic had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Lavoy Allen also played well, contributing 8 points and a team high 10 boards. With Spencer Hawes out Doug Collins will certainly take the combined 24 points and 17 rebounds from his young bigs.
The loss drops the 76ers record to 20-11 as they embark on a four game road trip, which will see them visit Minnesota, Memphis, Houston, and Detroit. 
They kick off the trip against the Timberwolves Sunday night.
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Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.