Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Monday, December 2nd

Mavericks 106


Raptors 92

(2-3, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 24 25 31 26106
    TOR 16 32 27 1792

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 28 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Tor: J. Williams 16 Pts, 9 Reb

    Nowitzki's 28 points pace Mavericks in victory

    TORONTO (AP) -- This time, the Toronto Raptors definitely missed Vince Carter and Antonio Davis.

    Nowitzki has 28 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mavs stay undefeated.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 13 rebounds as the unbeaten Dallas Mavericks beat the shorthanded Toronto Raptors 106-92 Wednesday night.

    Michael Finley added 22 points for the Mavericks (4-0). Shawn Bradley, starting in place of an injured Raef LaFrentz, added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

    "I almost consider us slumping right now at 4-0,'' said Steve Nash, whose team has wins against Memphis, Phoenix and Golden State. "We're going to play a lot of teams that are going to cause us a lot more problems than the teams we've faced thus far. The Raptors had a lot of injuries.''

    Voshon Lenard scored 20 points for the Raptors, who were without Carter (strained left quadriceps tendon) and Davis (strained ribcage). Starting center Jelani McCoy also didn't play after the first quarter because of backs spasms.

    The Raptors also were without Lamond Murray, Nate Huffman and Eric Montross.

    Toronto beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, but the Raptors weren't able to get past the NBA's highest-scoring team without their top two players.

    "We ran out of gas, but we worked real hard,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "They just didn't walk all over us.''

    The Raptors made a game of it until the fourth quarter, when Dallas outscored Toronto 26-17.

    Bradley believes the Mavericks haven't played their best yet.

    "We're a step slow on defensive rotations, and we're not as fluent on offense. It's a different thing each night, but we have veterans that are able to fight through it,'' Bradley said.

    Morris Peterson's jumper cut Dallas' lead to four early in the fourth period, but Nowitzki followed with a jumper, Finley made a 3-pointer and Nowitzki made another jumper for an 89-78 lead.

    Toronto's Lindsey Hunter followed with a jumper, but Dallas went on an 11-2 run.

    After Finley made a wide-open 3-pointer, Nash capped the run with two free throws, giving the Mavericks a 100-82 lead with 5:29 remaining.

    "Nowitzki really put it away,'' Hunter said. "He shot the ball extremely well.''

    The Mavericks went 8-for-13 from beyond the arc.

    Nowitzki, guarded by Jerome Williams, scored 10 points as Dallas led 24-16 at the end of the first quarter.

    Finley's three-point play gave the Mavericks a 13-point lead early in the second period, but Lenard's 3-pointer capped an 11-2 run as Toronto cut the lead to four.

    Williams' dunk over Bradley cut the lead to three points, and Hunter's jumper with 23 seconds left in the half reduced it to one.

    Game notes

    The Raptors signed free-agent center Greg Foster, who averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds for Milwaukee last season. He was released by Indiana last month. The Raptors were able to sign Foster after being granted a roster exemption by the NBA under the special hardship rule, which allows a team to add a player if it's severely limited by injuries. ... Nash, a Canadian, received a loud ovation when introduced before the game. ... LaFrentz is out three-to-six weeks with a right ankle sprain.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 92
    FGM-FGA 41-79 (.519) 38-88 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 8-13 (.615) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 9-13 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 11-41
    Assists 22 13
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 7 2
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 28
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Jerome Williams Williams
    Points: 16
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0