Sixers look to learn from Saturday's loss

The Sixers' Evan Turner gets a pass away despite the efforts of Hawks defenders Kyle Korver (26) and Paul Millsap. Turner had 27 points in the loss at Atlanta.
The Sixers' Evan Turner gets a pass away despite the efforts of Hawks defenders Kyle Korver (26) and Paul Millsap. Turner had 27 points in the loss at Atlanta. (DAVID TULIS / Associated Press)
Posted: November 19, 2013

DALLAS - The 76ers would rather not have lingering thoughts of Friday's 37-point road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. They just want to learn from it and move on to their next opponent.

"It's life in the NBA," said coach Brett Brown, whose squad has lost six of their last eight games. "You've got to back it up. We go down to Dallas. We've got to stay healthy. We've got to take care of our bodies. They are a good team.

"You know we caught [the Pelicans] when they were hot. Ryan Anderson [who had game-highs of 26 points and six three-pointers] came back. We got our shots blocked [16 times]. It is what it is. And we move on."

The Sixers (5-6) will conclude what has been a difficult road trip Monday against the 6-4 Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks are 4-0 at home. Perennial all-star forward Dirk Nowitzki and guard Monta Ellis will be the toughest tandem the Sixers will have faced this season.

Ellis, a free-agent pickup in July, was 10th in the league in scoring (21.9 points per game) heading into Sunday.

Nowitzki is averaging 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. He scored a season-high 28 points against the Miami Heat on Friday.

Evan Turner shot just 2 for 11 from the field in Saturday's 135-98 loss. He finished with four points on 2-for-11 shooting and failed to score in double figures this season.

The Mavericks (106.6 points, fourth) and Sixers (104.5, eighth) were among the league's top scoring teams as of Saturday. The Sixers, however, had league's worst scoring defense at 111.1.

"This is a long year, and come hell or high water, my mission is to keep us together," Brown said. "Keep us moving forward. Continue to improve. Show them what they did well. Show them what they need to improve in and move on."


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