Raptors vs. MavericksRicky Ledo scores 18 points and dishes out five assists in the Mavericks 88-57 win over the Raptors.
LAS VEGAS — After bouncing back from their lackluster first performance in the Las Vegas Summer League with a 93-85 win Saturday against Minnesota, the Dallas Mavericks returned to the court Monday with one final test before the competition switches to tournament play.
Looking to carry the momentum of Saturday’s win into their matchup against Toronto, the Mavericks tried to secure their highest seed possible in the single-elimination tournament with a good showing. The Mavs (2-1) then tuned up for the tournament with a dominant performance, routing the Raptors (1-2) en route to a runaway 88-57 victory.
“I think we’re on pace to where we want to get better every game,” Mavs summer-league head coach Kaleb Canales said after the victory, “and I think that’s our goal going forward. You know, we want to be in the long run the next week or so playing the best basketball, so we had a good game today.”
Once again showing his flare for above-the-rim finishes, forward Eric Griffin quickly elevated the Mavs to an early advantage. Second-year swingman Ricky Ledo’s eight points and Griffin’s seven first-quarter points then boosted the Dallas team to a 22-16 lead after one period of play.
With Griffin continuing to give the Mavs a lift off the bench, the team quickly assumed a double-digit lead in the second quarter. Big man Ivan Johnson then lent some assistance, showing extended range while swishing in a 3-pointer to put the Mavs up by 19, 41-22.
And with 26 combined points coming from Ledo and Griffin, the Mavs slid into the half with a 47-26 margin under their belt.
With Aussie sharpshooter Chris Goulding and Johnson finding success early in the third period from the 3-point arc, the Mavs continued to open up a wide margin. Ledo followed suit, connecting on a trey from the wing to put the Mavericks up 56-31.
Former Syracuse standout C.J. Fair’s thunderous slam over Bruno Caboclo then took the Mavs into the fourth with a 64-39 lead.
Mavs point guard Gal Mekel then did the honors of putting the Raptors to bed for the night with baskets down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Connecting on 4-of-9 from the field and dishing out five assists to boot, Ledo led the Mavericks with 18 points to go along with four rebounds.
“I just took what they gave me. I slowed it down,” Ledo said of his performance. “The major thing with me is slowing things down and just seeing it, so I slowed down and I saw my teammates. I got to find a lot of my teammates on great passes.”
Griffin pitched in 12 points off the bench and Mekel finished with 11 points in the first unit.
DeAndre Daniels led the Raptors with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Both teams also battled to a 33-all stalemate in the rebounding department. However, the Mavericks’ 50.8 percent shooting as a team bettered Toronto’s 30.2 percent, scoring 34 points off the Raptors’ 30 turnovers and overcoming 19 giveaways of their own.
“The guys did a great job of putting together two halves today, I thought. You know, it’s exciting with the 17 assists, but we’ve still got to clean up the 19 turnovers. It’s still way too many if we want to keep playing,” Canales confessed.
“You know, we play unselfish,” Mekel added. “We play good defense, and I think you can see the improvement from the first game.”
The Mavs will now await their seeding in the single-elimination tournament that will crown a champion on Monday, July 21.
|Bruno Caboclo, F||22||12||1||2||0||1||0||1||7||5||-26||3-10||3-9||3-4|
|DeAndre Daniels, F||25||16||0||2||0||6||5||1||3||4||-22||5-11||2-5||4-5|
|Lucas Nogueira, C||20||2||0||1||0||5||3||2||2||4||-18||1-4||0-0||0-0|
|Darington Hobson, G||22||3||3||1||0||1||1||0||3||3||-13||1-7||1-3||0-0|
|Scott Machado, G||21||1||1||0||1||1||1||0||5||2||-17||0-1||0-0||1-2|
|Ricky Ledo, F||24||18||5||2||0||4||2||2||3||4||24||4-9||2-3||8-9|
|Ivan Johnson, F||18||8||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||5||20||3-6||2-4||0-0|
|Bernard James, C||18||6||1||1||0||7||6||1||1||1||16||3-5||0-0||0-0|
|Chris Goulding, G||22||9||1||2||0||2||2||0||3||1||17||3-5||3-5||0-0|
|Gal Mekel, G||22||11||0||1||0||1||1||0||2||0||14||5-8||1-1||0-0|
Postgame: Ricky LedoRicky Ledo talks with Kristen Ledlow following his 18 point performance versus the Raptors.
Griffin Goes BigEric Griffin gets the ball in the paint on the baseline and throws down the huge reverse jam.
Fair Throws Down the Nasty DunkC.J. Fair brings the ball up the floor and finishes the dunk on the defenders head.
Mavs Fast BreakRicky Ledo pushes the ball up the floor and finds Ivan Johnson for the bucket.
Rick Carlisle InterviewRick Carlisle stops by the announce table to talk about the Mavericks.