Rapid Reaction: Raptors 95, Mavs 74
How it happened: The Mavs looked absolutely awful against a Toronto team that injured Raptors star Andrea Bargnani is on record describing as “pretty much the worst team in the NBA.”
It was a miserable night for the Mavs’ offense despite facing a foe that allows the third most points in the league. The Mavs were 27-of-69 (39.1 percent) from the floor and 0-for-13 from 3-point range.
It was an especially tough night for two of the Mavs’ top offensive players. O.J. Mayo was just 2-for-8 from the field for 10 points – less than half his average – and committed six turnovers. Vince Carter finished 1-for-8 from the floor for only four points.
The Mavs fell behind during a horribly inefficient second quarter, when Dallas had more turnovers (six) than field goals (five), and never recovered against the Raptors.
Toronto seized control with a 19-6 run in the second quarter. Rookie guard Terrence Ross, who scored 11 of his career-high 20 points in the second, sparked that spurt.
The Mavs actually held the Raptors scoreless for a stretch of 5:29 in the third quarter, but Dallas still lost ground in that frame. That tends to happen for teams that go 4-of-19 from the floor in a quarter.
With the Mavs on the first half of a back-to-back, coach Rick Carlisle waved the white towel midway through the fourth quarter. He sat his regulars at that point, hoping they might be able to muster a little more energy Saturday night in Minnesota.
What it means: The Mavs (11-12) fell below .500 again after their most embarrassing loss of the season. They were routed by a Toronto team that had lost 12 of its last 13 games. The Mavs are 4-9 on the road after beginning this trip with a pair of losses. The Raptors snapped a six-game losing streak.
Play of the game: Toronto’s Mickael Pietrus drove through the heart of the Dallas defense and flipped the ball over his head, off the glass and in as he got fouled by Chris Kaman. The and-1 bucket stretched the Raptors’ lead to 21 midway through the third quarter.
Stat of the night: The Mavs’ NBA record streak of games with a made 3-pointer is over. They were 0-of-13 from 3-point range, with Derek Fisher’s apparent 3 early in the fourth quarter ruled a 2-pointer after a replay review clearly showed he had a foot on the line. The last time the Mavs failed to make a 3-pointer in a game was Feb. 26, 1999.
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