Terry, Kidd's triple-double lead Mavs past 76ers

Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) goes up for a shot as Philadelphia 76ers' Marreese Speights (16) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) goes up for a shot as Philadelphia 76ers' Marreese Speights (16) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum - AP)
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By DAN GELSTON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 1, 2011; 9:43 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Terry scored 30 points, Jason Kidd had a triple-double, and the Dallas Mavericks won their seventh straight game, 101-93 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points for the Mavericks, who have won a whopping 17 of 18 games to move into second place in the Western Conference.

Terry was sensational off the bench. He used near-flawless shooting over the second and third quarters to give the Mavs the lead, then sealed the win late in the fourth with a dunk where he waved his arms in celebration.

Kidd had 13 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and no turnovers.

The Sixers gave the Mavericks all they could handle as they tried to move two games above .500 for the first time this season. Jodie Meeks led the Sixers with 16 points.

It wasn't all good news for Dallas, as center Tyson Chandler left late in the first half with a sprained right ankle.

Chandler grabbed his right ankle after he collapsed to the court trying to block a shot. He briefly stood and grabbed his knee before going back down. Chandler limped off the court and headed straight to the locker room.

He's averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this season.

The Sixers' surge in the standings over the last two months was highlighted by a home victory over the Spurs. Coach Doug Collins called this game a test for the playoffs because the Mavs were the type of talented team, like the Heat, the seventh-place Sixers could face in a first-round series.

They went the distance, but couldn't match Terry, Kidd and Co. and their four-game winning streak was snapped.

Marreese Speights, one of the most inconsistent Sixers, pulled them within 87-86 with 3:56 left and the brink of an upset.

Terry - who else? - hit another jumper that made him 12 of 16 from the floor. He was open on the next possession, but dished to Kidd for a 3 and a 92-88 lead.


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