Mavs hit the road to tangle with 76ers

10:44 AM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks begin a two-game road trip on Tuesday night when they head to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavs have lost six of their last nine, including a home drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, 115-89. Dallas will play 16 of its next 23 on the road with five of the next six away from home.

The last appearance at home certainly won't make Mavs fans miss them.

The Lakers led by 13 after the opening quarter and extended the cushion to 27 at halftime. Dallas showed little fight in the second half and no one was pleased after that debacle.

"It was disgusting. It's disappointing for our fans what kind of game that was," said Elton Brand, who will return to Philadelphia for the first time after the Sixers amnestied him this past offseason. "We know how bad they wanted this game. We should have wanted it as bad as they wanted it and we didn't come with it."

The Lakers scored 67 points by the half and that shouldn't be too surprising. The Mavericks rank 28th in opponents' scoring, but are sixth in scoring. Los Angeles shot 48.8 percent from the field and Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle emphasized defense at practice.

Defense tends to look better against the 76ers, who are fifth-to-last in the NBA in scoring.

Philly rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 104-101 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns at home. The Sixers have lost two in a row twice before the most recent streak, and after both of those two-game setbacks, the Sixers rattled off three wins in a row.

The Sixers, who are 5-4 at home this season, were led by Jrue Holiday on Sunday. He established a new career high with 33 points, but also dished out 13 assists and committed only two turnovers.

"Thank God Jrue was on today," head coach Doug Collins said Sunday night. "He was fantastic."

Holiday is third in the league in assists with 9.2 per game and his scoring is up to 18.6 ppg, which ranks 19th in the league. What's plagued him has been the turnovers and he still leads the NBA with 4.3 per game.

But Holiday has to be considered for his not just his first All-Star appearance, but maybe the Most Improved Player award.

The Sixers as a team only committed eight turnovers on Sunday night and shot a decent 48 percent from the field. They shot a fantastic 47.4 percent from the 3-point line, highlighted by a 3-for-5 night from Evan Turner.

The Mavericks, who play in Chicago on Wednesday night, have won 10 of their last 12 against the 76ers, including two in a row in Philadelphia.

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