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The Mavericks picked up a much-needed win at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Mavs shot 54.2 percent as a team compared to Philadelphia's less than stellar mark of 43 percent, but continuously allowed the 76ers to remain within striking distance with perimeter shots. More than one-third of Philadelphia's made field goals by game's end ended up being three-pointers, as sixth man Dorell Wright nailed seven of his team's 13 triples in the game.
Despite nearly missing the game entirely with the flu, Dallas point guard Derek Fisher went down early in the evening with what the team referred to as a right knee strain. Fisher did not return to the court and saw just five minutes of action, representing an ill-timed injury that Rick Carlisle's team was lucky to overcome.
Mayo, who also chipped in eight assists and three steals over 36 minutes, visibly took on more of a distributor's role after Fisher's injury to finish with one of his most efficient games of the season. The talented shooting guard finished 8-for-12 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line, and has now scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games.
Now one win away from reaching the .500 mark at 12-13 overall, the Mavs will next square off with LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Thursday in Dallas.