By Steve Kelly
Salah Mejri had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Seth Curry scored 22 points and the Mavs beat the Sixers 113-95 for its third win in a row and fifth in six games.
The 7-1 Mejri played 21 minutes with Andrew Bogut out of action and helped Dallas — the NBA’s worst-rebounding team — set a season high for boards and outrebound the Sixers 51-39.
He scored 10 points, all on dunks, early in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks lead by 22. Mejri’s point total was one shy of his career high.
Harrison Barnes added 16 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 14.
Jahlil Okafor (above) led the 76ers with 16 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 points and 10 boards. Philly played without starters Robert Covington (bruised right hand) and Joel Embiid (left knee contusion).
The Mavericks led by just four points with three minutes left in the third quarter, but Harris hit back-to-back 3s to start a 13-5 run that gave the Mavericks an 81-69 lead.
“It happened so fast,” Okafor said. “We didn’t get stops, they hit a bunch of 3s. We turned the ball over. We also missed shots that we always make or usually make.”
Mejri then scored 10 of Dallas’ first 12 points in the fourth, opening the lead to 93-74.