On paper, the three-game road trip that the Mavericks are two-thirds of the way through would appear to be a walk in the park. Philadelphia, the last stop, is the only team with a winning record.
The first two squads, Washington and Toronto, have a combined 31 wins. Dallas has 43. Still, Dirk Nowitzki isn't taking any time for granted. The Mavs want to hold on to their No. 2 seed, while still having designed on Southwest Division-leading San Antonio.
"I feel like every game on the road is hard," Nowitzki said. "Teams are playing well at home."
He pointed out that the Raptors did win in Dallas back in January, so getting a payback Sunday was important. The Sixers, seventh in the Eastern Conference, are also playing with confidence.
The Mavs (43-16) are at Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Sixers were 19-9 at home going into Sunday.
"Philadelphia is playing extremely well at home," Nowitzki said. "They beat San Antonio before the break at home. They just reached the .500 mark for the first time in a long time, so they are really playing well. We have our hands full for the next couple days."
MAVERICKS 114, RAPTORS 96: Dallas roared back from an early 19-point deficit to end up with a rout Sunday at Toronto. Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 easily avenge a home loss to Toronto in early January on the road Sunday. Dallas outscored the Raptors 64-39 in the second half.
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