Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Kyle Lowry got hot early, scoring 8 points in the quarter. DeMar DeRozan struggled to get points on the board, but he was still effective by recording 3 assists. Mavericks' center Maxi Kleber recorded 3 blocks, which boosted their momentum. At the end of the 1st quarter, Toronto was losing 23-31.
Delon Wright started the quarter off aggressive, slamming a fast break dunk off a steal within the first 2 minutes. Similar to the 1st quarter, Kyle Lowry again scored 8 points. The Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki scored 7 points, proving that he was still dominant despite his age. The Raptors trailed 53-57 going into halftime.
DeMar DeRozan began the 2nd half with a Euro-step floater to cut the Mavs' lead to 2. These were the only points that DeMar scored in the quarter, missing the majority of his shots. With about 5 minutes left in the quarter, the Raptors were outscored by Dallas 19-4. Heading into the final quarter of play, the Raptors trailed the Mavericks 77-85.
Dallas' guard J.J. Barea scored 6 points in the quarter. Toronto kept the score close, but they were never able to pull away with the lead. With 1:38 left of regulation, Serge Ibaka hit a jumper that cut the Mavs' lead to 3, a one possession game. DeMar DeRozan usually thrives in these situations, but he was having a terrible shooting performance. DeRozan scored 8 points while going 3/16 from the field. With 10 seconds left, J.J. Barea hit the dagger for the Mavs, scoring a driving layup on Delon Wright. Toronto was defeated by the Mavericks 93-98.
Kyle Lowry: 23 pts, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
Jonas Valanciunas: 17 pts, 11 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 11 pts, 12 rebounds
DeMar DeRozan: 8 pts, 5 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 9 pts, 4 rebounds
Delon Wright: 7 pts, 2 blocks
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