8:30 PM ET, December 28, 2010
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Nowitzki had an MRI exam earlier Tuesday that revealed a sprained right knee and the team said he was day to day. Nowitzki, seventh in the league with 24.1 points per game, was injured in the second quarter of Monday night's 103-93 victory at Oklahoma City.
"We've got to get used to playing without the big fella for a while," said Mavericks center Tyson Chandler. "We had a tough time adjusting. Our defense held them to 84, but offensively we had nothing."
Dallas went 31 for 75 from the floor, 5 for 22 from 3-point range.
Starting guard Jose Calderon became the latest addition to the Raptors' injury list when he missed the game after hurting his ankle during Monday night's 96-85 loss at Memphis. Jerryd Bayless started, then went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with an ankle problem.
Kleiza shortened the Toronto bench even further when he was ejected with 5:14 left in the third quarter after drawing his second technical foul.
But coach Jay Triano remained upbeat during timeouts despite all the adversity.
"I just kept encouraging these guys and trying to come up with something we could score on and something we could get stops with," Triano said. "All our guys stayed real positive and I thought that was a key part in tonight's win."
"Ed stepped up, Amir played well, and I thought all our bigs played extremely well," Triano said.
Dallas led in the game's first minute, but trailed the rest of the way while setting a season-low for points scored.
The Mavericks got as close as 71-68 with 7:41 left, but the Raptors answered with an 8-0 run capped by Davis' layup with 4:05 to play.
The Raptors held a 48-24 edge on points in the paint and a 42-35 rebounding advantage. Toronto had 25 fast-break points to nine for Dallas, outhustling the older Mavericks for most of the night.
"I'd credit them more than saying we gave it to 'em," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, returning to the bench after missing Monday night's game after knee surgery. "I think they earned it."
Chandler's three-point play off an alley-oop dunk got the Mavericks' crowd back in the game with 5:53 left in the third quarter, pulling his team within 56-51. But the Raptors were still able to carry a 64-59 lead into the final quarter.
Dallas trailed by as many as 12 in the second quarter, but Terry's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left trimmed the deficit to 46-40 at the break.
Toronto led 23-13 after one quarter, taking advantage of seven Mavericks turnovers and Dallas' 4-for-20 shooting from the floor.
"We got off to a sluggish start, particularly defensively," Carlisle said.
Toronto opened with a lineup that featured the 6-9 Johnson as its tallest player, and Johnson has been slowed by back spasms. ... Dallas' 13-point first quarter matched its low quarter for the season. ... Davis is the son of former Maverick Terry Davis. ... Shawn Marion started at power forward in place of Nowitzki and finished with 12 points.
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 28: Caron Butler #4 of the Dallas Mavericks drives against the Toronto Raptors during a game...(Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||33-69 (.478)||31-75 (.413)|
|3PM-3PA||2-10 (.200)||5-22 (.227)|
|FTM-FTA||16-22 (.727)||9-12 (.750)|
|Fast Break Points||25||9|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (3/0)||17 (2/0)|
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The Mavericks home loss to the Raptors should really fuel the fire of Dirk Nowitzki's early MVP candidacy. If anything is more staggering than how good Dallas is when he's on the floor, it's how awful they are when he's not. According to Elias, his +/- differential of 27.0 is the best in the NBA among qualifying players.[+]
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