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Tyrese Maxey survives a scare and lifts the Sixers past the Mavericks in a homecoming

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Basketball

DALLAS — Tyrese Maxey had a great homecoming.

After practice Saturday at Buddy Hield’s Big D residence, Maxey took an Uber to his parents’ home. The next day, the native of Garland, Texas, led the Sixers to a 120-116 victory over the Dallas Mavericks with family members and friends in the stands at American Airlines Center.

Sunday’s victory was the second straight for the Sixers (35-25) since Kyle Lowry and Mo Bamba were inserted into the starting lineup.

The grouping of Hield, Tobias Harris, Bamba, Maxey, and Lowry has played with a lot of cohesiveness and great communication. Lowry, a six-time All-Star, has also been the unquestioned leader. Harris had 28 points in his second straight quality game. But make no mistake, this moment was all about Maxey.

The Sixers’ All-Star guard finished with 24 points, three assists, and two steals. Maxey set the tempo with 17 first-quarter points on 7-for-10 shooting before Harris and Kelly Oubre Jr. (21 points) took over.

Maxey’s play in the first quarter might have been the most vital part of the game for the Sixers. Dallas scored the game’s first 11 points. But after Maxey took over, the Sixers took a 32-22 lead into the second quarter.

 

Exciting ending

The Mavs (34-27) did pull within five points (115-110) after Luka Dončić’s three-point jumper with 34. 3 seconds remaining. The Sixers called a timeout with 26.7 seconds left. Maxey was fouled by Josh Green after receiving the inbounds pass and hit a pair of foul shots to put the Sixers up seven 1.6 seconds later. That led the Mavs calling a timeout.

After Kyrie Irving drained a three-pointer, Nico Batum was fouled with 10.8 seconds remaining. The Sixers forward hit a pair of foul shots before Irving drained another three to make it a 119-116 game. Oubre, however, responded a foul shot with 5.1 seconds left as the Sixers escaped with a four-point win.

Maxey, in his fourth season, did have a scare, though.

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