This past Tuesday night the 24th of Feb. 2015 the Toronto Raptors 37-20 and 2nd in the Eastern Conference played the Dallas Mavericks 39-20 who are 5th in the Western Conference and the game was played the home of the Mavericks, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and the game tipped off at 8:30 PM ET.
This was the 2nd game of a 2 game series of regular season games with the 1st game which was played 28th of November and the Mavericks won the game 106-102. In this game 2 of the series on Tuesday night the Mavericks again were the winners as the game ended with the Mavericks 99 and Raptors 92.
In this game the Raptors stayed with the Mavericks through the 1st three quarters but struggled in the 4th quarter in their scoring. The Scoring for the game started with the Raptors outscoring the Mavericks 29 to 25 in the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Raptors also outscored the Dallas 26 to 24 thus the game went to half time with Raptors 55 and the Mavericks 49 giving the Dallas a 6 point deficit in the 1st half of this game. In the second half of this game the Mavericks changed their tactics and in the 3rd quarter they outscored the Raptors by 3 points 25 -22, then in the 4th quarter again outscored the Raptors by 10 points at 25-15 erasing their 1st half deficit and winning the game Dallas 99 Toronto 92.
The 5 leading performances in this game for the Raptors were by guard-DeRozan-18 points 3 rebound 4 assists, guard-Vasquez-14 points 1 rebound 2 assists off the bench, forward-Patterson-12 points 7 rebounds 1 assist off the bench, guard-Lowry-11 points 4 assists and center-Valanciunas-10 points 9 rebounds and 1 assist.
Performance leaders in the game for the Mavericks was guard-Ellis- 20 points 1 rebound 3 assists, forward-Nowitzki-18 points 9 rebounds 1 assist, guard-Harris-14 points 3 rebound 5 assists off the bench, guard-Barea-13 points 1 rebound 3 assists and forward-Jefferson-11 points 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
Statistically in the game there are several categories which recap the game, starting with Total Points; for total points the Raptors scored 92 and the Maverick scored 99, on field goals the Raptors made 38 of 84 attempts for 45% and the Mavericks made 38 of 79 for a 48% completion rate, then on 3-pointers the Raptors made 9 of 26 for 34% while the Mavericks made 8 of 19 for a 42% completion rate, on foul shots the Raptors made 7 of 11 for 63% and the Mavericks made 15 of 18 for a 83% completion rate.
Then for Rebounds the Raptors had a total of 37 and the Mavericks made 40 rebounds, while on assists the Raptors had 17 and the Mavericks also had 17 assists, while on blocks the Raptors and the Mavericks both made 4 blocks, and on steals the Raptors had 10 and the Mavericks had 13 steals in the game. The Raptors committed 19 fouls in the game while the Mavericks committed some 20 fouls in this game.
The outcome of this game may had been different if the Raptors star guard Rondo had not been taken out of the game as the Raptors were leading 62-53. At that time the Raptors coach called a timeout and after some heated words with the coach Rondo did not return to the game. The in the 4th quarter the Raptors were still leading 77-44, but then Dallas made 7 of their next ten shot that then gave then a 12 point lead and just over 4 minutes left in the game as in the 4th quarter the Mavericks outscored the Raptors 25-15 and win the game.