Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Monday, November 28th
Mavericks93Final
Raptors91
Game 2: Saturday, February 25th
Raptors113Final
OT
Mavericks115

Raptors 113

(20-35, 10-19 away)

Mavericks 115

(44-11, 25-4 home)

Coverage: FSSW

12:00 PM ET, February 25, 2006

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
TOR 32 35 24 14 8113
DAL 22 29 23 31 10115

Top Performers

Toronto: C. Bosh 29 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

Mavs nip Raptors in OT to claim 14th straight home win

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks are starting to make a habit of this -- falling way behind before surging back.

This time, they were down 24 points in the second half. And Dirk Nowitzki bailed them out again.

"We have to find our sense of urgency a little bit earlier," Nowitzki said Saturday after a 115-113 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. "We gave up almost 70 in the first half. It looked like we just went through the motions."

Nowitzki made an 18-foot fadeaway with a second left in overtime and finished with 32 points, helping the Mavericks stretch their club-record home winning streak to 14 games.

Jason Terry added 27 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 22 points and eight assists to help the Mavericks to the second-biggest comeback in their history. Dallas came from 25 down to defeat Denver in 1994.

In their previous game Thursday night, the Mavericks fell behind by 19 before recovering to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Nowitzki had 31 points in that game.

On Saturday, Nowitzki had eight of Dallas' 12 points in overtime and eight in the fourth quarter to give his team a lift.

"We've been down before," Nowitzki said. "We knew if we could find a way to make a little push, we'd have a chance. With the shooters we have, anything is possible."

Nowitzki partially blocked Morris Peterson's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, Nowitzki's fourth block of the game, to seal the Mavericks' fifth straight victory.

Chris Bosh had 29 points and 13 rebounds while Mike James had 25 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who lost their third straight. Charlie Villanueva scored 23 points and Peterson added 20 points for Toronto, 2-22 this season against teams with records of .500 or better.

"We should be learning be learning from this. ...We're definitely angry," Peterson said.

The Mavericks took a 109-105 lead in overtime on jumpers from Terry and Nowitzki, but Toronto went in front with five unanswered points capped by James' 15-footer with 2:18 left. Nowitzki answered with consecutive baskets, the second on a layup off an assist from Darrell Armstrong with 51.5 seconds left to give Dallas a 113-110 lead.

Matt Bonner's 3-pointer 12.4 seconds left in overtime tied it for the Raptors, but Nowitzki drained an 18-footer with one second left in OT over Bonner's outstretched arms to put the Mavericks ahead for good.

The Mavericks got strong defense off the bench from Armstrong, who helped limit James to five points in the second half and overtime.

Nowitzki's 22-footer with 51.7 seconds left in regulation capped a 12-0 run and gave Dallas its first lead, 105-103, but Villanueva hit two free throws with 29.9 seconds remaining to tie it. Villanueva stole the ball from Nowitzki with 14 seconds left as Nowitzki tried to maneuver for a shot at the winner.

James had an opportunity for the win in regulation, but his layup attempt with 2 seconds to play was partially blocked by Nowitzki to force overtime.< ^Notes: Toronto went going 16-for-28 from 3-point range and fell one short of its club record for 3-pointers. ... Five technical fouls were assessed in the second quarter after Terry was hit in the face by the extended arm of Toronto's Joey Graham. When no personal foul was called, Dallas coach Avery Johnson and Terry were hit with technicals when they protested. James kept talking to Terry on the ensuing possession, earning James a technical. When Toronto coach Sam Mitchell complained, he also picked up a T.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOR
DAL
Points 113 115
FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 41-90 (.456)
3PM-3PA 16-28 (.571) 8-21 (.381)
FTM-FTA 23-26 (.885) 25-32 (.781)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-41 18-45
Assists 15 24
Turnovers 17 9
Steals 3 4
Blocks 7 7
Fast Break Points 16 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (3/0) 23 (3/0)
Largest Lead 24 4

Top Performers

Toronto
Dallas
Chris Bosh Bosh
Points: 29
Reb: 13
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 32
Reb: 11
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 4