DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison learned a lot about his team after Wednesday's 114-111 upset victory over the highly-touted New York Knicks.
"That we can be an elite team if we really work at it,'' Collison said after Friday's practice. "It’s going to take some work.
"We’re not really where we want to be right now, but if we keep working at it I think we can be one of the elite teams in the league.''
The Mavs hope to prove their point again when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center. The Mavs opened the season with a 99-91 win over the Lakers in LA, and they're hoping for more of the same on Saturday.
"I think we put our own will upon them,'' Collison said of the opening-night victory against the Lakers. "I think we forced tempo.
"We controlled the game. Like coach said, we made them play our game. We made some plays down the stretch.''
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