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Togetherness is helping the Mavs win games

DALLAS – Tyson Chandler had a simple explanation as to why the Dallas Mavericks were able to force the Washington to commit 23 turnovers during Tuesday’s 114-87 blowout win over the Wizards.

"I think we’re getting more comfortable with what were trying to accomplish out there,’’ Chandler said. "It’s taken guys a while to understand the defense and understand the personnel.

"We’ve still got some ways to go, but it’s slowly coming together.’’

Of the 14 players on the Mavs’ roster, Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and Ricky Ledo are the only ones who were with the team last season. And starting point guard Rajon Rondo – along with center/power forward Dwight Powell – just arrived on Dec. 18 via a trade with the Boston Celtics.

The game against the Wizards marked the first time all season that the Mavs had a full and healthy roster. And boy, were they ready to pounce on the Wizards, who came in after winning Monday night in Houston, 104-103.

With the Mavs revving up their engines, scrambling defensively, cheating in the passing lanes and forcing the pace, they were able to get out and run and turn Washington’s 23 turnovers into 33 points.

Chandler said: "I think because of that guys are more likely to be more aggressive and know where they’re supposed to be, put more pressure on the ball and get your hands in there a lot and get deflections.’’

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @dwainprice

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