Dallas Mavericks went 27-14 on home court last season. On Tuesday night, as they hosted the Toronto Raptors on an unbeaten streak, the scenario was different.
After securing a not-so-convincing 1-2 start this season in the first three outings, Dallas Mavericks bowed down to the Raptors who continued their winning streak.
Kyle Lowry was successful in his three shots from beyond the three-point arc in the second quarter and Toronto were up 31-25. The All-star point guard continued to be the key man in Raptors’ win.
“I just thought we started the game loose,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “You know, we just were making some loose plays in the first quarter, and it reflected in the score. You know, you give up 31. Twenty-five is not a bad number to score in this league, but giving up 31 at home in your home opener is just not good enough.”
Dwight Powell came off the bench and Nowitzki worked to lift the home side at the intermission. Mavs led 51-49.
Lowry led the Raptors with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Nowitzki led the Mavs with 18 points and seven rebounds. Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan displayed his brilliance to rattle Mavs defense. Raptors came to the driver’s seat, leading 92-86 with 4:10 minutes remaining.
The Mavs couldn’t stage a comeback, then succumbed to 102-91 loss.
“Happy, not satisfied,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey before the game started. “I still think we have some growth to go with our defence . it’s much better than it has been, over last year at this point it’s much better.”
At the end, he was relieved.