SIXERS AND RISING MAD MAX A 1 1/2-DOG AT MAVS TONIGHT

By Skip Charles in Vegas

Tyrese Maxey had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Sixers’ 106-103 loss to the Wizards.

It was his fourth career game with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Even more impressive was that he had no turnovers.

The 21-year-old Maxey, who earlier this week was chosen for the Rising Stars competition for All-Star Weekend, will try to duplicate his Wednesday effort when the 76ers visit the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

“The kid is putting up All-Star numbers,” teammate Georges Niang said of Maxey. “I think it’s a no-brainer for him to be on a Rising Star challenge. I mean, he’s one of the best sophomores, if not the best in the league right now. He’s doing a great job of controlling this team and doing everything we ask of him, and he’s been nothing but tremendous.”

Maxey has proved to be a stellar complement to All-Star Joel Embiid and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.9 to 1 this season, which ranks in the top 10 in the league.

“It’s pretty cool. All that means to me is that I’m out here doing my job, helping my team win,” Maxey said of traveling to All-Star Weekend. “And that’s all I really care about is trying to rack up as much wins as possible, us trying to get better every single day and build towards the playoffs.”

Embiid returned from a one-game absence to post 27 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against the Wizards, but the Sixers had their five-game winning streak snapped.

The Sixers will head to Dallas with a 14-7 record against the Western Conference.

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