Tonight the unfortunate young Sixers found themselves on the wrong end of a Dallas quest for first-quarter redemption that lasted all four quarters. It was tough to watch, but being up nearly 30 after the first quarter sure beats being down almost 20. The Mavericks set a franchise record tonight for the largest margin of victory at 53 points, besting the previous record of 50 against the Knicks in January of 2010
The Mavericks capitalized on the Sixers lack of defense to get their offense going immediately. The Sixers inexplicably gave Dirk a series of wide-open looks early on, and he wasted no time taking advantage, wracking up seven points in the first four minutes, and the Mavericks never really looked back.
So just how dominant was the Mavs' first quarter?
So after one quarter, the Mavericks are on pace to win 152-40.— Mavs Moneyball (@mavsmoneyball) November 14, 2014
On the bright side, the Sixers as a team are outscoring Dirk Nowitzki 10-9.— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) November 14, 2014
After leading by 28 points at the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks didn't let up during the second, continuing their balanced offensive attack that left both Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis in double digits before the half. The official score was listed as 73-30 at the close of the second quarter, but during halftime, it was adjusted to 73-29, which, well...
Not even a 44-point lead could stop Mavs fans from worrying about the dread third quarter, but even though Philly managed to outscore Dallas, those two points didn't make much of a dent in the Mavs' massive lead.
The fourth quarter was 100% garbage time, with the Dallas starters sitting down for good after the third. The overall field goal percentage looked a little less impressive after the bench was emptied, but Dallas still closed the game shooting more than 51% from the field. In the 20 minutes he played, Dirk managed 21 points on just eight shots, marking the first time in his career he's managed more than 20 points in 20 or fewer minutes (per Bobby Karalla). Monta, Chandler Parsons, and Brandan Wright all had impressive nights, scoring in the double digits, and Tyson Chandler nearly had a double-double when he sat down for the evening with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
To their credit, the Sixers played with an impressive intensity in what must be a fairly demoralizing situation, and it was exciting to see Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel take the floor together for the first time.
But all that intensity did nothing to stop the Mavericks, who ultimately prevailed 123-70. On a final note, these guys are on a road trip that will have them play all three Texas teams consecutively, so #Pray4Philly, y'all.