Game 35: Mavs vs. Raptors

GAME RECAP: Mavericks 98, Raptors 93

J.J. Barea drops 20 points and dishes out four assists as the Mavericks defeat the Raptors 98-93.

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Highlights: Mavs vs. Raptors

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

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Highlights: Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors

Jameel Warney led the Mavs in points (14) and rebounds (8) in Monday's game against the Raptors.

The Fast Break: Mavs at Raptors

Final: Raptors 103, Mavs 99

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

The Raptors roared out to a 14-2 lead and took a 32-16 advantage into the second quarter. Toronto only got the ball into the paint via drive or pass on 8 possessions in the opening frame, an extremely low number. Most of the team’s points — 22, to be exact — came when the ball didn’t even enter the paint. When teams get hot, they get extremely hot, but if Dallas can keep opponents out of the paint like that then it’s going to be hard to complain about the defense on most nights.

The Mavericks didn’t score a fast break point in the first half, one of the weirder stats you’ll see in a game. Part of the problem, actually, was that even though Toronto committed 10 turnovers in the opening half, most of them were dead-ball turnovers (throwing passes out of bounds, losing control of the ball out of play, double-dribbles, traveling, etc.). The Mavs didn’t have many chances to push the ball the other way, forcing only 3 deflections in the first two quarters.

Notebook

  • Dirk Nowitzki got off to a bit of a slow start, but he heated up in the second half, leading several Mavs pushes to bring the team back into the game. Nowitzki finished the game with 20 points, leaving him just 10 points away from passing Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Pretty cool stuff.

  • You hate to see it due to the circumstances, but Rick Carlisle brought in his reserves late in the fourth quarter after the Raptors had taken a large lead with just a few minutes left. The unit of J.J. Barea, John Jenkins, Justin Anderson, Charlie Villanueva, and Jeremy Evans weren’t going to go down quietly, however, and they mounted a huge run to make things competitive once again, inexplicably reducing the deficit to as low as 2. The group was +12 as a five-man unit in the game, according to the Mavs analytics team. Those guys put together an unbelievable run in practically no time at all, which will certainly earn them the praise and respect of their coach and the rest of the locker room.

  • With Devin Harris out due to injury, Raymond Felton was the Mavs’ best defensive choice to use against Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, an All-Star-caliber point guard. Felton did an excellent job against Lowry all night, forcing him into tough shots and taking away anything easy — Felton frequently even guarded him all 94 feet as Lowry brought the ball up the floor. When you make a team work hard, especially one dealing with as many injuries Toronto, generally you’ll see the payoff somewhere. The Raps committed a lot of small mistakes that led to turnovers or botched possessions, and the Mavs were able to take advantage of many of them.

  • In a pretty surprising coaching move, Rick Carlisle inserted JaVale McGee into the lineup just over three minutes into the game. The Mavs were in the midst of a slow start, especially on the defensive glass, allowing 5 Raptors second-chance points in the opening minutes. Replacing Zaza Pachulia, McGee immediately won two defensive rebounding battles, intimidated DeMar DeRozan into a jump pass that ended up out of bounds, and threw down a dunk on the offensive end. McGee brings a whole new dimension to this Mavs team, bringing in an element of athleticism that has been missing at the center spot — obviously with no disrespect to Pachulia, who’s been incredible for Dallas this season. The minutes distribution between those two moving forward will be very interesting to follow, but it will likely depend most of all on the opponent.

  • Talk about a game of runs. The Raptors opened up ahead 14-2, then Dallas scored 8 straight, then the Raptors went up 32-14, and then before you know it the Mavs had scored 13 consecutive points. Finally, Toronto outscored Dallas 10-2 just before halftime to assume a 15-point lead. Basketball is an interesting sport. You never know what’s going to happen, but here’s the biggest thing to keep in mind: A game is never over as long as there’s time on the clock, especially when things seem like they’re getting out of hand in only the first or second quarter.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (15-13) play the Brooklyn Nets (8-20) Tuesday at Barclays Center. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Central.

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    DALLAS — After getting off to a sluggish start before eventually suffering a 102-91 defeat on their home floor the first time they played the Toronto Raptors back on Nov. 3, the Dallas Mavericks know they must come of the gates more aggressively as the scene shifts to Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

    The Mavericks (15-12) were admittedly poor in the fourth quarter of that November loss against the Eastern Conference powerhouse, allowing the visiting Raptors (17-12) to finish the game a 20-5 run. However, it’s the first quarter that Mavs coach Rick Carlisle points to as the cause of their eventual demise during that early-season matchup after trailing 31-25 following the opening period. And with his team looking to set the tone early in the first outing a back-to-back on the road that concludes Wednesday night in Brooklyn, Carlisle preached to his players the importance of getting off to a better start as the Mavericks look to return the favor by capturing a win on the Raptors’ home floor.

    Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

    Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

    “Well, every team in the league wants to get off to a good start to the game. I mean, I think that’s a given. You know, they got off to a great start here at our place, and we allowed them to be comfortable and do a lot of things that they do well,” Carlisle confessed following his team’s Monday morning practice in Dallas before boarding a flight to Toronto. “We’re going to have to play a lot better. I mean, they’re a top team in the East, and the East is a lot better this year. We’re going to have to do a lot of things well. They’re an extremely difficult team to match up with, because of how hard they play. They’ve got a great backcourt, and they’ve got a lot of guys who cause problems shooting the ball and driving the ball.”

    Leading the Atlantic Division through 29 games, the Raptors will be out to bounce back after a 104-94 loss at home Sunday against the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento opened that game on a 17-2 run, leading by as many as 22 points in the first quarter. The Mavericks will now attempt to replicate that formula, hoping to build on Friday’s 97-88 victory over Memphis on their home floor in the process.

    Despite trailing 26-25 at the end of the opening quarter during Friday’s game, the Mavs surged to a 55-49 advantage at the midway mark while shooting 48.6 percent from the field through two quarters. The Mavericks then proceeded to pull away in the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 18 before the final buzzer sounded.

    And according to veteran center Zaza Pachulia, the Mavs learned the importance of not finding themselves in an uphill climb after getting off to a better start.

    Practice Report: Zaza Pachulia

    Mavs C Zaza Paculia weighs in on Tuesday's tilt against Toronto, his rebounding ability, earning the trust of his teammates and more.

    “We got a good start, and we got the first punch. … It really helped compared to some other games in the beginning of the season where we just started slow and then tried to catch up,” Pachulia explained. “You know, sometimes we were lucky and winning the games. But for our team, I think it’s very important that we have a good start. On the road, you know, we’ve got to have more discipline and just be ready from the jump ball.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now head north of the border, beginning a back-to-back on the road Tuesday night in Toronto against the Raptors. The Raptors led the season series 1-0 after claiming a 102-91 win in Dallas on Nov. 3. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing nationally on NBA TV and locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

    The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Saturday night, hosting the Chicago Bulls. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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    Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

    Devin Harris (right hamstring injury) – questionable