NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Toronto 22 38 17 25 102
Dallas 32 21 25 32 110
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , November 16, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,926

Raptors aim to end road trip on high note vs. Mavs

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Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks

  1. Toronto has won three straight over Dallas and seven of eight in this series since the 2015-16 season, holding the Mavericks to 99.3 points per game in that span. The Raptors shot 45.9 percent (28-for-61) from three in two meetings between these teams last season.
  2. Dallas has lost two straight on the road to Boston and New York, shooting a combined 19-for-78 (24.4 percent) from three-point range in those games. This season, the Mavs' .542 two-point percentage ranks fifth in the NBA -- their .338 three-point percentage ranks 18th in the NBA.
  3. Against Portland on Wednesday, Toronto got 36 points from Pascal Siakam and 30 points from Fred VanVleet. This was the second time this season the Raptors have had two 30-point scorers in a game. The Clippers are the only other team to have multiple such games this season.
  4. Luka Doncic had his fifth triple-double of the season last time out, most in the NBA. It was his third 30-point triple-double of the season, as many as the rest of the NBA combined (LeBron James, two; Giannis Antetokounmpo, one). Doncic only had one 30-point triple-double last season.
  5. Pascal Siakam had his fifth 30-point game of the season on Wednesday, tying the number of 30-point games he had over the first three seasons of his career. Siakam's +92 plus/minus trails only Jayson Tatum (+128) and LeBron James (+96) entering Friday's games.
  6. Dallas has used eight different starting lineups, tied with Golden State and New Orleans for most in the NBA. The Mavs have had 10 different players start a game -- only the Warriors (11) have more.

The Toronto Raptors defense has been a key factor on a successful road trip so far and it will be tested again Saturday night against the host Dallas Mavericks.

The Raptors have gone 3-1 on their five-game trip with strong defensive efforts and will need another such effort when they face the Mavericks duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Doncic scored 33 points and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds Thursday in a 106-103 loss to the host New York Knicks. Porzingis had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks after a slow start against his former team.

Porzingis rebounded from a 1-for-11, four-point performance Monday against the Boston Celtics.

"He made some very positive strides tonight," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I loved the way he worked himself into the game on the offensive boards and with running and cutting."

He will have to contend with a Raptors defense that held Damian Lillard to nine points in a 114-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 36 points and Fred VanVleet added 30 in Portland.

"Offense comes and goes," VanVleet said. "The defense has been pretty consistent for us, except for a lack of defensive rebounding. In spurts, I think we did a really good job of following our coverages and game plan and just trying to make it tough for them -- two of the best scorers in the game (Lillard and CJ McCollum), so I think we did a decent job."

The Raptors have been doing it without Kyle Lowry (fractured thumb), Serge Ibaka (sprained ankle) and Patrick McCaw (knee surgery). They also did not have OG Anunoby (bruised eye) in Portland and it is not certain whether he will play in Dallas.

The Raptors have focused on limiting the shots of the opposing team's best player.

LeBron James took 15 shots and made five when the Raptors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-104 on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard took 11 shots and made two in the Los Angeles Clippers' 98-88 win over Toronto on Monday. Lillard took only 12 shots on Wednesday, but he did have 10 assists.

"You are rolling the dice a little bit with these schemes," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "But if you get the work on the primary player first of all and then get the rest of the guys to do what they are supposed to do in their help situations, whether it's blitz or just help on drives and make it difficult for them, like I said, you open up some other stuff."

The Mavericks are returning home from a 1-2 road trip. Any pressure the Raptors apply will be nothing new to Doncic. He is facing more double teams and physical play, but he has not faltered.

"He's a great player," Carlisle said. "One of the best players on the planet. I don't know how many times you're going to need me to say that."

Doncic draws attention from opposing defenses because he has the ball so much and Carlisle sees no reason to change that.

"When it's necessary we're alleviating some of the usage, but frankly, why would we want to do that?" Carlisle said. "But I'll keep communicating with him on how he's doing physically."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 15, 2019

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