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Wednesday, January 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (25-18) at Toronto Raptors (20-20), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors will try to end a two-game losing
streak Wednesday night when they welcome the Dallas Mavericks to Air Canada
The Raptors lost at home to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, then lost in
Charlotte to the Bobcats on Monday. The Raptors lead in the Atlantic Division
is down to two as the Brooklyn Nets are peaking.
Toronto fell 100-95 for its seventh consecutive loss in Charlotte.
DeMar DeRozan tallied 25 points and Kyle Lowry scored 21 for Toronto, which
last beat the Bobcats in Charlotte on March 29, 2010. Greivis Vasquez had 15
points off the bench and Chuck Hayes added 12 with 13 rebounds in a reserve
The Raps trailed by 30 in the third quarter and fought back to make it a game.
"Right now, we have a bunch of guys who are giving into fatigue and nicked up.
It's a long season, but, again, you tell a lot about who you are in these
situations," said Toronto coach Dwane Casey. "This was a gut-check game. In
the fourth quarter, we turned it around. But it's about what we did in the
first three quarters that was disappointing."
Seven of Toronto's next nine are on the road.
The Mavs won the first game on their three-game trip on Monday with a 102-97
victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Monta Ellis deposited 22 points with eight assists and Shawn Marion scored 18
points. Dirk Nowitzki added a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double to help the
Mavericks beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright added 13 and 10 points, respectively, off the
bench in the win. Jose Calderon managed 11 in the victory.
With a 22-point halftime lead, Dallas let the Cavs back in it. Kyrie Irving
scored 16 points in the third quarter and the deficit was down to 10. The Mavs
had a three-point lead with 2.8 second left, but Cleveland was whistled for a
"It's the NBA. It's supposed to get hairy," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admitted.
"I'd love us to hit every shot and get every stop but when you're on the road,
teams battle back if they get behind."
The Mavericks will close their road trip Friday in Brooklyn.
The Raptors have won two straight against the Mavs, including an overtime
victory in Dallas on Dec. 20. Toronto has taken two of three at home in this
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