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Turner loses his cool

DALLAS – Evan Turner felt like he had to say something.

Turner loses his cool

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76ers forward Evan Turner has his shot blocked by Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert. (LM Otero/AP)
76ers forward Evan Turner has his shot blocked by Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert. (LM Otero/AP)

DALLAS – Evan Turner felt like he had to say something.

You could see the 76ers swingman’s frustration mounting in Monday’s 97-94 setback to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

“I saw two of my teammates get their lips split,” he said of voicing displeasure to a referee before having an outburst with 2 minutes, 54 seconds left.“Obviously, frustration boils over and to a certain extent, you can only take so much and I lost my cool.”

Turner was called for a technical foul with his team trailing, 93-87. Dirk Nowitzki made a technical foul to give the Mavs (7-4) a seven-point cushion. Then after a Nowitzki steal, Shawn Marion’s reverse dunk gave Dallas a commanding 96-87 lead with 2:13 left.

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“I probably shouldn’t have done that,” said Turner, who finished with a game-high 26 points. “But I see Brandon [Davies] get his lip split. I see Tony [Wroten] get his lip split, and I see [the Mavs] just get blown on and there is a foul called.

“I lost my cool. That’s my fault and it wasn’t worth it. As a leader of the team, I shouldn’t have done that to my team.”

The Sixers (5-7) have lost three straight games and seven of their last nine.

- Keith Pompey

Follow Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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