The Dallas Mavericks were the only local team in action on Wednesday while the Texas Rangers prepared for Opening Day.
Here is what happened on the court and behind the scenes.
Dallas Mavericks (37-40, third in Southwest Division, 11th in Western Conference)
Last Game: Philadelphia 76ers 116, Mavericks 108
Dallas only scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, allowing Philadelphia to pick up its 50th win of the season. The Mavericks held a double-digit lead throughout much of the second and third quarters, but Joel Embiid led the Sixers in a 13-5 run over the final 6:41 to claim the win.
Noteworthy: The Mavericks fall further out of the playoff picture, now a full game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the final play-in spot with five remaining. Three of the final five games will be played in Dallas.
— Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all crossed the 20-point mark, dropping to 8-13 in games with three players scoring at least 20 points this season.
Next Up: Mavericks at Miami Heat (40-37), 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday.
Dallas Stars (40-20-14, tied second in Central Division, tied fifth in Western Conference)
Noteworthy: The Stars do not move in the standings after a night off, as the only game impacting their status was Minnesota beating Colorado. Minnesota’s win puts more distance between the Wild and the Stars in the Central Division and keeps Colorado tied with Dallas.
— The Stars signed forward Matthew Seminoff to a three-year entry-level contract. The 19-year-old had 82 points in 62 games with the Kamloops of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
Next Up: Stars at Arizona Coyotes (27-35-13), 9:30 p.m. CT Friday.
Texas Rangers (0-0)
Noteworthy: The Rangers finalized their roster for Opening Day on Wednesday night. Ezequiel Duran, Travis Jankowski, and Ian Kennedy were among the borderline roster players to make the team. Leody Taveras, Spencer Howard, Jake Odorizzi, Josh Sborz, and Glenn Otto will begin the season on the injured list.
Next Up: Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) at Rangers (Opening Day), 3:05 p.m. CT Thursday.