Instant Replay: Mavericks 97, Sixers 94

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Instant Replay: Mavericks 97, Sixers 94

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DALLAS -- The Sixers kept Dallas relatively in check throughout Monday’s game, but it still wasn’t enough to avoid a winless road trip with a 97-94 loss to the Mavericks.

The Sixers finished their three-game trip 0-3, as their record dropped to 5-7.

Turning point
The Sixers led, 67-60, with 3:53 to play in the third quarter. Dallas closed out the quarter on a 14-4 run to lead by three entering the final period.

The Mavericks took their first lead of the game with 1:44 to play in the third and never trailed again.

Follow the leader
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 24 points. Eleven-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Jose Calderon, who signed with the Mavs in the offseason, made four threes and finished with 14 points.

Evan Turner bounced back from a poor shooting night in New Orleans to lead the Sixers with 26 points. Tony Wroten, who has performed admirably while filling in for the injured Michael Carter-Williams, added 19 points.

Stat-egic
The Sixers definitely played their game. They won the battle of fast-break points (29-16) and points in the paint (52-26).

Take a bow
Thaddeus Young had a tough matchup defending the seven-foot Nowitzki. Nowitzki is four inches taller and his ability to spread the floor with his outside shooting adds to the degree of difficulty.

Young struggled offensively, shooting 5 of 17 from the floor. However, he was 3 of 5 in the fourth quarter.

Young finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Young’s backup, rookie Brandon Davies, also did a nice job. Davies played a season-high 17 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds.

What’s next?
The Sixers return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

The Sixers are 4-3 at the Wells Fargo Center this season and there is hope that Carter-Williams returns to the lineup against the Raptors. The rookie point guard has been sidelined for the past four games with a bruised arch in his left foot.

Kevin Durant out indefinitely with left knee injury

Kevin Durant out indefinitely with left knee injury

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will be out indefinitely after he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and bruised a bone in his leg during Tuesday night's loss at Washington.

Now, the NBA's top team will push toward the playoffs without its leading scorer and rebounder -- for the month of March, at least.

The Warriors said Wednesday that their medical staff hasn't ruled out a Durant return before the end of the regular season, though nobody is predicting at this stage.

"At this time it's just speculation to guess when that is," general manager Bob Myers said in a conference call. "He'll heal as his body heals. And when he's healed and our doctors clear him and we feel like it's safe, he'll play. I want to know as much as you guys but at this point the plan is just to re-evaluate him and see where he's at in four weeks."

The All-Star forward hyperextended his knee early in the Warriors' 112-108 loss to the Wizards and later underwent an MRI exam, which revealed a Grade 2 -- or moderate -- sprain in the knee as well as a bruised tibia.

Durant is scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks, so if he were fully healthy then, that would leave about two weeks remaining in the regular season. He was scheduled to return to the Bay Area on Wednesday and immediately begin the rehabilitation process.

On a Wizards possession under their basket less than a minute into the game, Washington center Marcin Gortat pushed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who fell into Durant's left leg. While Myers isn't on the trip and only saw the play on TV, he said the team's video staff might have other angles he can see -- though in speaking to Durant there wasn't immediate concern about the play being intentional.

"These things happen in sports," Myers said. "Nobody's raised that question on our side. I don't know if it's being raised outside of us. I spoke to Kevin a couple times. Other than just being disappointed that he's injured, nobody's mentioned anything like that."

The Warriors became the earliest team in NBA history to clinch a playoff berth when they beat the Nets on Saturday and are now focused on locking up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Durant leads the Warriors in scoring and rebounding with 25.3 points and 8.2 boards along with 4.8 assists in his first season with Golden State. At 50-10, the Warriors have the NBA's best record.

Myers expects the Warriors to fill the 15th spot on the roster in the next 24 to 48 hours, though Matt Barnes posted a photo on his Instagram account from his first stint with the Warriors and this: "You know you're strong when you're helping ppl through their storms while going through your own that's strength."

Myers declined to provide names in the mix.

"These things are very fluid this time of year or any time of year to be honest. Injuries happen unexpectedly," he said. "We have to take another look at what our roster needs. I'm not going to get into specifics. We have to look and see where we need the most depth in light of this recent occurrence. We're in the process of doing that and should have some resolution in the next 24 to 48 hours. ... Last night showed that you have to be able to pivot in the course of an NBA season. We'll do our best with the options available to keep the roster in the best shape we can. No roster's perfect. Every team deals with injuries. As we move forward from today on and through the playoffs, I hope we stay healthy. In the event that we don't, we will explore the best options that give us the best chance to win."

Best of NBA: Wizards hold off Warriors as Durant injures knee

Best of NBA: Wizards hold off Warriors as Durant injures knee

WASHINGTON -- Kevin Durant injured his left knee and departed after only 93 seconds, Golden State trailed by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, and Stephen Curry missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer late, all leading to a 112-108 victory for the Washington Wizards, who got a career high-tying 19 assists from John Wall on Tuesday night.

Durant hyperextended his knee and will have an MRI exam after teammate Zaza Pachulia was pushed into him by Washington center Marcin Gortat. The 2014 NBA MVP and Golden State's leading scorer and rebounder exited with zero points, ending his streak of 562 regular-season games with at least 10 points.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Markieff Morris added 22, including a pair of free throws after Curry's 3 was off-target in the final 10 seconds (see full recap).

Another monster triple-double for Westbrook in OKC win
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 12 of his 43 points in the final 2:05 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday night.

Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. It was his fourth straight triple-double, and the team's fourth consecutive win.

Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Enes Kanter added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who trimmed Utah's Central Division lead to two games.

Westbrook scored and was fouled on a transition layup with 15.5 seconds to play. He completed the three-point play to give the Thunder a 108-106 lead. After Jerami Grant hit one of two free throws with a second left, Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

He led the Jazz with 19 points (see full recap).

Morris scores career-high 37 in Pistons’ OT victory
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Marcus Morris scored a career-high 37 points, including Detroit's first seven in overtime, and the Pistons rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-113 on Tuesday night.

Ish Smith had 12 points, seven assists and seven steals for the Pistons. The backup point guard was scoreless heading into the fourth quarter but gave Detroit a huge lift down the stretch.

Damian Lillard had 34 points and 11 rebounds for Portland while falling an assist shy of his first triple-double. He had only one assist after the start of the fourth, however, and the Trail Blazers were eventually done in by their inability to take care of the ball.

C.J. McCollum scored 25 points for Portland (see full recap).