DALLAS – Because of their recent past history, the Dallas Mavericks were very concerned at halftime of Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Mavs led the Sixers at the half, 73-29. But they were worried because they led Boston 57-27 with 5:41 remaining in the second quarter on Nov. 3 before hanging on for a 118-113 victory at American Airlines Center.
"We really never let up there for the entire night,’’ said Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in the Mavs’ 123-70 win over Philly. "We actually were a little worried at halftime -- that sounds kind of silly.
"But we were on a roll against Boston and we were almost up over 30 and the next thing you know we had to grind it out. So we actually mentioned it at halftime that we wanted to keep the defensive pressure up and keep them out of the lane and keep attacking offensively.’’
The game was so out of hand that the Mavs led at one point, 123-65. Overall, it was the largest margin of victory in Mavs’ history.
"I thought we kept coming all night long, so it was definitely a good win for us,’’ Nowitzki said. "We just kept coming, kept playing hard, tried to keep executing the plays offensively, move the ball, share the ball.
"I think we had over 30 assists, so it was an efficient night for us offensively, and getting back to the stuff we were doing to get leads. And that’s getting some stops, pushing the ball up, sharing the ball, shooting the ball, so it was fun to watch.’’