Nobody in the sports world passes up a gimme when they get one, especially not the Mavericks.

The team that typically has to work for everything got a flat-out gift Friday night from the NBA and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The league’s trading deadline came Thursday, and the Sixers unloaded their best rebounder and best scorer. None of the replacements was available Friday night when the Mavericks rolled into Philly.

The NBA schedule makers could never have predicted the Sixers would have only eight available bodies. The Mavericks treated them accordingly, rolling up a 22-point lead in the first quarter and, despite careless ball-handling that gave the Sixers hope for a half, eventually ran away for a 124-112 victory.

It was a game the Mavericks were supposed to win, and they did. Style points? They’ll pass on those.

“It’s a win in this league,” said Dirk Nowitzki, who hit his first eight shots and finished 9-of-12. “I’ve played man-down teams before and lost. Yeah, we could have gotten the win a little easier, but that’s not what matters. We should be ready to go against Detroit.”

The Pistons will pose a tougher task Saturday night on the second night of a back-to-back situation.

The Mavericks knew they could not afford to botch the visit to Philly, which had no choice but to play small lineups and try to fluster the Mavericks with hustling, full-court defense which produced 25 turnovers, 17 before halftime.

“They play hard, so we kind of had to hit first, establish a lead and hope it was good enough,” said Vince Carter. “Yes, we did take care of business. And we didn’t put ourselves in a bind we didn’t want to be in.”

By that, he means starting the road trip 0-1. They have two more games against sub-.500 teams, and anything less than perfection on this road trip is going to qualify as a disappointment.

Nowitzki and Marion combined to hit 20 of 26 shots. The Mavericks also had a season-best 39 assists.

In the first quarter, they raced out to a 41-23 lead by shooting 77 percent.

“We had an amazing start to the game shooting the ball, then they started trapping and we didn’t react well to their run-and-jump defense,” Nowitzki said. “And we had to grind it out from there. When they were down 20, they sped the game up and turned us over.

“They were kind of junking up the game, and they played a bunch of fast, athletic guys. In the second half, we responded decently. Once we didn’t turn the ball over, we did a good job of getting what we wanted.”

The Sixers came into the game having lost eight in a row at home and nine in a row overall.

That’s the team they looked like for a quarter.

But the Mavericks managed to make it tough on themselves with the turnovers, most of which came when the Sixers were trapping and slapping at the ball as the Mavericks were trying to make individual plays.