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Raptors Roughed Up By Mavs In Dallas
FINAL SCORE
Raptors 101 129 Mavericks
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Jay Satur
November 7, 2009
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

Total role reversal for the Raptors from Friday night, as the third quarter snowballed into a nightmare second half which saw them outscored 74-53.

The Raptors were within a three of the Mavericks with just two minutes to play in the first half, but the Mavs used a 30-14 run from there to put the game out of reach.

THE GAME CHANGER

Dirk Nowitzki continued his hot start to the season with an excellent all-around performance against the Raptors. His 29 points and nine rebounds were both team highs and he was particularly potent in the decisive third quarter where he scored 13 points.

Nowtizki drilled his first three three-pointers of the second half, then hit his next field goal attempt to help the Mavs pull away. The former MVP finished with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Jose Calderon once again turned a steady performance for the Raptors, scoring 13 points and adding seven assists and four rebounds. On a night where the Raptors only made 36 of their 82 field goal attempts, those assist totals probably should have been higher.

Regardless, Calderon has looked much more assertive within the offence in the past two games and that bodes well for the upcoming stretch on the road.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Maverick's hot shooting allowed them to pull away Saturday, which was aided significantly by 24 points on fast break opportunities. Dallas shot 62.4% overall on Saturday, a season-high for them and the highest percentage against the Raptors this season.

Dallas hadn't had a night this hot from the floor since November of 2007, when they shot a blistering 65.7% against the Kings.

THAT'S A RAP

This was a team [Dallas] that was sitting here waiting for us, watched us play the other night, and was very prepared for us and were on a back-to-back and we cant have that excuse 19 times a year. Im disappointed in the way that we played, but they had more energy, they had more movement, they had better confidence shooting the basketball and thats why you get a result like this. - Jay Triano

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Monday Oct. 9 @ San Antonio
8:30 PM ET (RTV, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors remain in Texas for the weekend and wrap up their three-game road swing on Monday in San Antonio against the Spurs (2-3). The Spurs, who have won both their games at the AT&T Center, suffered their third straight road loss Friday in Portland. Tony Parker went down in that game with a sprained ankle and is expected to miss at least a week.
By The Numbers
10 Number of consecutive games won by the Mavericks at home over the Raps.
100 Bosh's percentage from three-point range this season. He hit his fifth in five tries against the Mavs.
53 Number of field goals made by the Mavs, a season high.
4 Number of double-doubles from Bosh in six games this season.
+18 Points in the pain differential favouring the Mavs, 56-38.
They Said It...
Josh Howard Of course Im fatigued and I have to work through the process of getting back to 100 percent, which I am not. - Josh Howard on his season debut with the Mavs
Jose Calderon We missed too many wide open shots, and maybe we could be a little closer at some point of the game but we couldnt - every time we turned the ball over or we missed, it was a fast break [for Dallas]..- Jose Calderon
Chris Bosh "It's our first back-to-back. They got off to a track meet and we took a lot of quick shots. We kind of played into the way they wanted us to play... we've got to keep that in mind." - Chris Bosh
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
29.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.0 APG

Notes: Chris Bosh has put up 20 + points in every game this season after his 26-point performance against the Mavs on Saturday. He also recorded his fourth double-double on the strength of 12 rebounds.
SEASON STATS
13.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 0.6 APG

Notes: A remarkably efficient night from Shawn Marion, who did a lot of his damage in transition on Saturday. After missing his first two shots, the former Raptors went 9/9 from the floor on his way to 18 points.