Dallas Mavericks

Mavs won’t take the Sixers lightly

TORONTO – Now that they’ve upset one of the top two teams in the NBA on the road, now comes the hard part for the Dallas Mavericks.

Trying to stay awake and interested while attempting to beat a Philadelphia 76er squad that has yet to win a game this season. A 76er squad which the Mavs defeated by 53 points back on Nov. 11.

Dirk Nowitzki was not trying to keep from laughing when he pointed out the struggles the Mavs have had in recent games. But getting totally focused to play a Sixers squad the Mavs spanked, 123-70, over two weeks ago shouldn’t be a challenge, right?

"We just saw we’re not good enough to coast against anybody,’’ Dirk Nowitzki said after Friday’s 106-102 win over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. "We lost in Houston without Dwight (Howard).

"We should have lost to New York the other night without (Carmelo Anthony), so if we don’t compete we can get beat by anybody. So hopefully we don’t have any letdowns tomorrow, scramble for each other on defense like we did tonight and I think we’ll have a good chance.’’

Center Tyson Chandler also doesn’t believe it’ll be difficult for Dallas to stay focused against the 0-15 Sixers, even though that earlier 53-point blowout was the largest margin of victory in Mavs’ history.

"We lost some games that we felt like we should have won, so henceforth I feel like we should be focused,’’ said Chandler, who contributed 11 points and 10 boards against the Raptors. "You play extra hard because you want to get a win on the road that you should get.’’