My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Dallas Mavericks 124-112 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Best performance: Dirk Nowitzki showed why he played in his 12th all-star game this year. Nowitzki had 25 points and hit 9 of 12 from the field, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and both of his free throw attempts. He also contributed seven rebounds and four assists and ended the third quarter with a long three pointer.Nowitzki is a future Hall of Famer and at 35, still has a lot of great basketball left.
Best performance in a losing effort: Thaddeus Young had 30 points, 13 rebounds, a career-high six assists and seven steals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the only other player in NBA history steals tracked back to 1973-74) to hit all those numbers in a single game was Hakeem Olajuwon vs Seattle on March 10, 1987 (38 points, 17 rebounds, six assists seven steals). Young also took a career-high 29 shots (making 12).
Best defensive performance: Young had seven steals and was diving for a loose ball with under a minute left. He gave it all he had on both ends of the floor in more than 43 exhausting minutes.