PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat Philadelphia 110-103 on Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a franchise-record 16th straight loss to start the season.
Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 18 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who eclipsed the 1972-73 club that began 0-15 on the way to setting an 82-game NBA record for fewest victories at 9-73. Philadelphia became the fifth team in league history to open with at least 16 straight losses, joining the 1994-95 Clippers (0-16), 1998-99 Clippers (0-17), 1988-89 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-10 Nets (0-18).
The 76ers will try again for its first win on Monday when they host the defending champion Spurs. If they lose to San Antonio, Philadelphia could equal the NBA record for defeats to begin a season on Wednesday at Minnesota and could potentially set an NBA record on Friday at home versus Oklahoma City.
Monta Ellis added 18 points for Dallas (13-5), which played without struggling star Dirk Nowitzki to win its third straight. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Nowitzki the day off to rest. He was 4 for 27 from 3-point range in his last four games.
K.J. McDaniels had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.
The Mavericks handed Philadelphia its worst loss of the season, a 53-point rout on Nov. 13. The 76ers had more turnovers (28) than field goals (23) in that 123-70 defeat. It was much closer on Saturday, but the result was the same.
Philadelphia trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter. But the Mavericks scored the first six points of the final period to take a 96-86 lead with 9:02 remaining, matching their largest lead of the game. Philadelphia went 0 for 2 from the field with four turnovers during the Mavericks’ run and never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Sixers climbed out of a 10-point hole early in the third quarter to go up by a point three times late in the period, the last when Henry Sims scored on a layup to make it 85-84 with 1:51 left. But Dallas scored six of the last seven points of the quarter, capped by Chandler Parsons’ 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds left, to go up 90-86 entering the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia was without leading scorer Tony Wroten, who sprained his right knee late in Wednesday’s loss to Brooklyn. Wroten is expected to miss at least a week and will be reevaluated on Friday.
Mavericks: Jameer Nelson, who starred locally in college at Saint Joseph’s University, sat for the third straight game with back spasms. Raymond Felton (ankle) also was out for Dallas.
76ers: Rookie Jerami Grant, a second-round pick out of Syracuse, made his debut for Philadelphia. Grant missed the first 15 games and all of the preseason with a right ankle sprain. He was scoreless in three minutes.
Dallas plays at the Bulls on Tuesday.
The 76ers host San Antonio on Monday.
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