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Raptors DeRozan Injured In Hard Fought Mavericks 106-102 Win

The Toronto Raptors could only watch as All-Star DeMar DeRozan slipped while driving down the lane early in the third quarter and went to the court in pain that was later confirmed to be the result of a left groin strain by Raptors Media Relations.

The game was physical and tightly contested and Dallas seemed to have the Raptors number for most of the night, turning them over an uncharacteristically high 17 times for 22 points in the 106-102 Mavericks road victory.

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DeRozan wasn’t having a good game, finishing 0-7 from the field for 0 points. DeRozan hasn’t been held to an ‘0-for’ since his rookie season and his presence was missed in the second half as the Raptors were continuously fighting back from big deficits that they could never quite eliminate.

The Raptors didn’t lack for effort. They out-rebounded the Mavericks 55-37 and put up 91 shots. Even the free throws were about the same until Toronto started putting Dallas on the free throw line in the final minute in order to extend the game. This game was lost on the 6 turnovers in the final quarter that helped negate the comeback the Raptors 38 points over the final 12 minutes could have produced. The Mavericks scored 8 points off those turnovers while giving up none off turnovers themselves.

Dallas was led by Monta Ellis with 30 points and 6 assists, but it was a collective effort by the Mavericks that produced the win. Tyson Chandler played tough defense inside as he picked up the 11 point 10 rebound double-double. Chandler Parsons had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench to score 14 points. Dirk Nowitzki was held to 6-19 from the field for 15 points.

“It was hard fought,” said Head Coach Rick Carlisle. “I give our guys credit. We are a balance oriented team and we got to have a lot of guys pitch in to win. We are fortunate to get out of here with a win.”

Toronto was led by Kyle Lowry with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He really turned it on in the fourth quarter with 13 points. Amir Johnson scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed 9 boards including 6 at the offensive end. Jonas Valanciunas seemed to struggle at times offensively and only scored 8 points, but he was a beast under the basket, grabbing 12 defensive boards and 1 at the other end.

Once again the Raptors bench was effective, scoring 42 points and almost saving another game for Toronto. Greivis Vasquez scored 9 points in the fourth quarter as he contributed 14 points and 6 assists on the night. Lou Williams scored 16 points, but he missed those end of quarter three-pointers that had almost seemed automatic recently. Patrick Patterson had a 10 point 12 rebound double-double.

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Raptors 102, Mavs 106 by Garrett Hinchey sums this game up from a Raptors perspective:

Even though the Mavs won tonight, the fact that the game ended up as close as it did is a positive sign. Winding up with 17 turnovers and keeping the final score within 4 against a team like Dallas is pretty impressive stuff and speaks to this team’s attitude. That said, they’re going to need to find a way to adjust to the West’s best if they want to be considered true title contenders.

ESPN Recap: DeRozan Injured In Raptors Loss notes:

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle won his 300th game with Dallas. He’s the third coach in team history to reach the mark, joining Don Nelson (339) and Dick Motta (329).

The Mavericks were just happy to get out of town with a win.

As part of the Toronto Raptors 20th Anniversary Season celebrations, the team honored former Raptors player Jalen Rose with a tribute during the game.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

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