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Doncic vs. Simmons matchup and more to watch in Sixers’ road trip finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

No Sixer had to play more than 31 minutes Saturday night in the team’s blowout win over the Thunder.

The Mavs, meanwhile, head into Monday’s game having lost the night before on a jumper with 0.5 seconds left by the Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan. 

Despite a bad loss Friday night to the Pelicans, the Sixers can seal a winning road trip in Dallas. With a victory, they’d have a 9-3 mark away from Wells Fargo Center since the All-Star break. 

If the season ended Monday, the Sixers’ 16-12 road record would be their best away winning percentage since the 2000-01 season. 

The team has a difficult next two weeks on paper, with home games against the Nets, Clippers, Warriors and Suns ahead of a mini-series in Milwaukee. 

Neither Tobias Harris nor Danny Green appeared on the NBA’s official injury report Sunday night. Green missed the Sixers’ win Saturday with left hip soreness, while Harris was out with right knee soreness. 

Harris suffered a right knee contusion in this season’s first Sixers-Mavs matchup and was sidelined for two games with that injury. Dallas started Boban Marjanovic against Joel Embiid, then turned to a Maxi Kleber-James Johnson frontcourt in the second half. Though Embiid only shot 5 for 20 from the floor, the Sixers defended Dallas well, forcing 22 turnovers. 

Kristaps Porzingis, who was out that evening with lower back tightness, has averaged 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 14.7 rebounds over his last three games. Both Porinzigis (right knee injury recovery) and JJ Redick (right heel soreness) are questionable vs. the Sixers. If Redick plays, it would be his Mavs debut and first game since March 3. 

In three career games vs. the Sixers, Luka Doncic has shot 14 of 44 from the floor (31.8 percent). On possessions where he was guarded by Ben Simmons on Feb. 25, Doncic was 3 for 7 (0 for 3 from three-point range) with four turnovers. 

Successfully defending Doncic is always a team effort — precise execution in pick-and-roll defense, not helping too far off of shooters, contesting his shots at the rim without fouling. Still, the Sixers are fortunate to have Simmons, who’s strengthened his case as the league’s best perimeter defender this season. It’s a matchup the Sixers shouldn’t mind, and one they should stick with unless Simmons gets into foul trouble. 

DeMar DeRozan hit the tiebreaking jumper with 0.5 seconds left, giving him 27 of his 33 points in the second half and lifting the San Antonio Spurs to a 119-117 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Dejounte Murray scored 25 points as the Spurs stopped a season-long five-game losing streak while avoiding the first season sweep by their Texas rival in the 41-year history of the Dallas franchise. The Mavericks won the first two meetings.

Bradley Beal was an All-Star starter and leads the NBA in scoring this season, but head coach Scott Brooks sees another level soon.

Joel Embiid and the Sixers responded well to a poor performance Friday, cruising to a 117-93 win Saturday night over the Thunder. By Noah Levick

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving and Dennis Schroder were thrown out in the third quarter Saturday night, taking even more star power from a matchup between the Nets and Lakers that was already missing plenty. Despite missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers led the Nets most of the way, thanks in large part to Schroder’s strong play.

With Lonzo Ball out, Zion Williamson has initiated the Pelicans’ offense with great success, scoring 37 and 38 points in his past two games.

Tragedy struck in Texas early Saturday, as Lancaster High School football player and Wyoming signee Tony Evans Jr. was shot and killed.

Arsenal injury news updates have not been too bad this season for Mikel Arteta, but just when he needs all of his stars fit they have been hit hard.

McGregor called off his fight with Poirier after being called out for not making good on his donation to Poirier’s foundation.

With about 40 laps to go at Martinsville Speedway Thursday, it dawned on Eric Goodale that his night was about to get a lot more expensive. “When I got to Justin Bonsignore‘s bumper,” said Goodale, “I actually thought, ‘Oh my god, we have a car to win this race and I’m going to have to […]

Conor McGregor is irate at Dustin Poirier for going public with his lack of a donation and threated to call off their UFC 264 bout.

A hugely emotional Mark Cavendish thanked Patrick Lefevere, team principal at Deceuninck-Quick Step, for continuing to believe in him when others did not after claiming his first victory in over three years on Monday. Inside the Wolfpack: The secrets behind Deceuninck-Quick Step’s success The British rider, 35, won stage two of the Tour of Turkey from a bunch sprint to assume the overall lead of the race. Cavendish has suffered a series of setbacks since his last big year in 2016 when he won the world Madison title, four stages of the Tour de France and a day in the leader’s yellow jersey, Olympic omnium silver and finished second at the road world championships. He lost the best part of two seasons to Epstein-Barr virus, broke his shoulder after crashing out of the Tour de France in 2017 and also suffered with depression, something he revealed in an interview with Telegraph Sport last year.

Bryson DeChambeau made his move on Friday and we’ll be following him every shot of the way during the third round at Augusta National.

« I need to take a month off and spend some time with my family, and then I guess it’s nothing but takedown defense for a while. »

Marcus Stroman criticized New York for starting Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain. Stroman’s outing lasted just nine pitches before play was stopped, and the game was suspended after a wait of 2 hours, 10 minutes, to be continued as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31. The Mets, known for confusion at times under the Wilpon and Katz families, were bought during the offseason by hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who brought back Sandy Alderson as team president.

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