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Game 66: Mavs at Raptors

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Highlights: Mavs vs. Raptors

Check out all the top plays from Monday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

TORONTO — Hoping to bounce back after Saturday’s last-second 100-98 loss against Phoenix to conclude a 4-1 homestand, the Dallas Mavericks tried to kick-start a four-game road trip on the East Coast with a win north of the border.

Traveling to Toronto for their first matchup of the season against the Raptors, the Mavericks quickly attempted to atone for Saturday’s disappointing loss. The Mavs also tried to remain afloat in the heated playoff race, entering Monday’s matchup 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the Western Conference’s eighth and final spot. But after suffering a 100-78 lopsided loss, the Mavericks (28-38)  fell further back in the chase for a postseason berth.

“It’s a lot tougher to play on the road,” sharpshooter Seth Curry said after the loss. “You have to play with a little more energy on the road, find ways to get to the free-throw line and things like that. We have to figure out how to get better. We play well at home, and we just have to transfer that to the road and get off to good starts.”

Playing a third straight game without backup big man Nerlens Noel due to left knee soreness, the Mavericks tried to get more from their starting lineup in the opening quarter. Leading scorer Harrison Barnes and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki would then do their part to make sure the Mavs got off to a fast start, sharing the early scoring duties.

An empathic put-back dunk by Tunisian center Salah Mejri would keep the momentum in Dallas’ favor later in the period, neutralizing a fast start for Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas. And after a late three-point play by backup big man Dwight Powell, the Mavericks took a 26-25 edge into the second stanza.

Putting the ball in the hands of veteran reserve guards J.J. Barea and Devin Harris to start the second period, the Mavericks tried to keep the Raptors (39-28) at a safe distance. Instead, the Raptors surged in front on the scoreboard with a rally of their own, taking a 35-30 lead after big man Patrick Patterson’s corner three-pointer with 8:46 left in the half.

Nowitzki then went back on the attack, moving into double figures while igniting a 9-0 Dallas run to retake the lead. Not to be outdone, All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan led a 10-0 Toronto run in response, sending the moment back to the home team midway through the quarter. The run surged to 13-2 before a triple from the top of the key by Nowitzki stopped the bleeding while moving him past Peja Stojakovic (1,760) for 14th on the NBA’s all-time three-pointers made list. Still, despite Nowitzki’s best efforts, the Mavericks trailed 50-46 entering the halftime intermission.

Led by Nowitzki’s 14 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting and 2 of 2 from three-point range, the Mavs stayed in the game while being slightly outshot through 24 minutes of play, 46.7 percent to 46.3 percent. Toronto also held a 26-18 rebounding edge as both teams combined for just nine turnovers in the half.

“We did a lot of good things. First half, our ball movement was terrific, and then we just missed some shots that were real makable,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle explained.

Seeing swingman Wesley Matthews’ night end after he limped off the court late in the first half with a right calf strain, Carlisle started the third period with undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith in the first unit. The first-year standout immediately showed he was ready for the moment, getting the roll on a three from the wing to bring the Mavericks within two, 53-51.

“It’s his right calf. I believe it’s a mild strain,” Carlisle would later say while giving an update on Matthews’ injury situation. “We didn’t want to risk it bringing him back, and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and on Wednesday. I think he’ll be listed as day-to-day, but we’ll see.”

Barnes then did his best to match DeRozan’s aggressiveness at the other end of the floor in an attempt to keep the Mavs within an arm’s reach. But after a thunderous finish by DeRozan at the rim, the Raptors upped their advantage to 65-54 with 7:48 in the third. And with DeRozan leading the way, the Raptors took a 79-66 lead into the fourth.

Stumbling through a stretch of 12 straight missed shots from the field to begin the fourth quarter, the Mavericks continued to find themselves falling further into a widening hole in the final period. The deficit then reached 22 after a three-pointer by Fred Van Vleet to put the Raptors up 92-70.

Carlisle then conceded the loss shortly after that, emptying his bench with 3:09 remaining and finishing the game with the Dallas reserves.

Scoring 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, Barnes led the Mavericks in a losing effort. Nowitzki added 17 points and seven rebounds inside, and Powell finished with 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds off the bench to give the Mavs three scorers in double figures.

DeRozan led five Raptors in double figures with 25 points on 10 of 17 from the field. Meanwhile, the Raptors outshot the Mavericks for the game, 47.4 percent to 36.5 percent, adding a 55-34 rebounding advantage to boot.

“It was tough,” Barnes said. “DeMar got on a little run there and started to make some shots, and we couldn’t unfortunately keep up our scoring on the other end. If you are not getting stops and they are scoring at will, it is hard to get back into the game.”

“A couple of times we dropped our heads a little bit, and they scored on us. Those are two or three we don’t get, and then they scored on us two or three times. There was about three or four five-point swings in untimely situations that just costed us at key times,” Carlisle confessed. “To have a seven-turnover game and only score 78 points is not a normal situation, but they’re a good defensive team. They’re very physical, and they were putting physical guys on our scorers. You know, we’ll build on the positives and take a look at the negatives. And we’re playing arguable the hottest team in basketball in Washington. … We’ll have our hands full there, but we just have to keep doing the good things we’re doing and make little corrections.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to the nation’s capital for Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 113-105 home win on Jan. 3. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on March 21, hosting the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — day-to-day

Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) — day-to-day

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
W. Matthews, F 17 1-5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 2 1 -7 2
H. Barnes, F 35 7-16 1-2 3-3 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 3 -25 18
D. Nowitzki, C 28 7-16 3-5 0-0 0 7 7 2 1 1 0 3 -1 17
S. Curry, G 31 2-8 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 1 -17 5
Y. Ferrell, G 30 1-7 0-4 3-4 0 3 3 6 1 0 1 2 -8 5
S. Mejri 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 -6 2
D. Harris 13 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 -4 6
J. Barea 17 1-6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 0 0 0 -14 2
D. Powell 21 4-9 0-0 2-3 3 7 10 0 0 1 1 2 -11 10
D. Finney-Smith 18 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -6 8
N. Brussino 12 1-5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 -9 2
J. Uthoff 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 -1 0
M. Harris 3 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 1
A. Hammons 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   31-85 7-25 9-13 7 27 34 21 4 6 7 19   78
    36.5% 28.0%                      

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Raptors

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
N. Powell, F 31 6-8 2-4 5-5 0 5 5 3 0 0 0 2 10 19
S. Ibaka, F 32 0-4 0-3 0-0 2 7 9 0 0 2 2 2 18 0
J. Valanciunas, C 22 5-11 0-0 4-5 3 9 12 2 0 1 1 1 1 14
D. DeRozan, G 32 10-17 1-2 4-4 1 5 6 2 2 0 2 0 18 25
C. Joseph, G 25 4-10 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 13 9
J. Poeltl 12 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 3 3 7 4
D. Wright 20 4-8 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 1 0 1 13 11
P. Patterson 20 4-6 3-5 0-0 1 6 7 1 0 0 0 2 16 11
F. VanVleet 22 2-6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 4 9 5
P. Tucker 13 1-6 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 2
L. Nogueira 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
P. Siakam 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
D. Carroll 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Caboclo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Lowry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   37-78 9-25 17-18 9 46 55 19 7 6 12 16   100
    47.4% 36.0%                      

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Shootaround: Nerlens Noel

Mavs C Nerlens Noel says he's out tonight against the Raptors but expects to be back soon.

TORONTO — Ending their five-game homestand on a disappointing note after a last-second 100-98 defeat Saturday night against Phoenix, the Dallas Mavericks will now attempt to get back on track during the next four games on the road.

Falling victim to Suns guard Devin Booker’s turnaround jumper as time expired Saturday to end their homestand with a 4-1 mark, the Mavericks (28-37) will now try to make up ground in the Western Conference standings during a four-game East Coast road trip. The Mavs will also try to rekindle the elite play that led to four straight wins to begin their homestand, traveling north of the border for a matchup Monday against the Toronto Raptors. And while currently sitting 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, the Mavericks know they’ll have work to do in order to secure a postseason berth during the final 17 games.

“We’ve been playing really well, but obviously, we’re not going to win them all. You know, it’s a tough league against tough teams. And we didn’t play necessarily well either night,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admitted after the Mavs split a home-home back-to-back following Saturday’s loss. “(Friday), we flirted with a loss. You know, we were still down in the fourth at times against a young and athletic team. And the same again (Saturday). We didn’t play great, we didn’t shoot the ball real great from the floor, and sometimes that sets you up to get a loss. That’s what happened (Saturday).

“We’ve got to get this one back,” he added. “We’re in a tight playoff race, and we’ve got tough teams and a tough road trip coming up. Hopefully we can steal a few games there.”

Hoping to begin their road trip with a signature road win, the Mavericks will now try to take down the Eastern Conference powerhouse Raptors (38-28). The Mavs will also attempt to continue Toronto’s recent slid, looking to hand the Raptors a third straight loss overall.

The Raptors currently sit in the fourth spot of the East standings after suffering back-to-back losses to conclude a five-game road trip in Atlanta and at Miami. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will be without 22-year-old big man Nerlens Noel for the third straight game due to left knee soreness. And with Noel sidelined once again for Monday’s matchup, Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes says the team will need more from its starting five in order to steal a game on the road.

“I think a lot of it falls on the starters and how we’re getting off to games,” Barnes said. “Containing penetration was the issue in the second half of the Lakers game (on Tuesday), the game against the Nets (on Friday) and then (Saturday). So, we just have to do a better job of keeping guys in front of us.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel north of the border for Monday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on March 21, hosting the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — out