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The first half of the week saw Dallas end a three-game losing streak with a win over Philadelphia at home.
As has been the case all season, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman did the heavy lifting for the Mavericks in the win. Mayo scored 26 points and dished out eight assists, and Kaman added 20 points and seven rebounds. The pair scored 17 of Dallas' last 19 points to help put Philadelphia away.
Despite that win, which helped Dallas recover from an 0-3 road trip, the news wasn't all good for the Mavericks. Point guard Derek Fisher sprained his right knee in the first quarter against the 76ers and didn't return to the game, leaving him questionable for the rest of the week. His injury will mean extended time for Darren Collison, who scored 12 points in 30 minutes against Philadelphia.
Around the rest of the Southwest Division, Dallas lost ground to Houston, which dealt New York its first home loss, 109-96, Monday, then routed Philadelphia, 125-103, on Wednesday. San Antonio and Memphis continued their battle for first place. The Grizzlies topped Chicago, 80-71, and then beat Milwaukee, 90-80, both at home. The Spurs, meanwhile, dropped a pair of games back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, first on the road at Oklahoma City, 107-93, then in Denver, 112-106. And at the bottom of the division, New Orleans continues to flounder, with two losses early in the week to Portland, 95-94, and to Golden State, 103-96, as part of an eight-game losing streak.
For Dallas, the second half of the week brings two big games, first against Miami on Thursday, then at Memphis the next night.