NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Dallas
(Tuesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Dallas 105, Toronto 99
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki buried four three-pointers over the final 1:41 of the third quarter, keying a 24-point comeback and pushing the Dallas Mavericks past the Toronto Raptors, 105-99, at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki scored a game-high 32 points, 26 coming in the second half, and Devin Harris added 19 points for the Mavericks, who equaled the second largest comeback in franchise history and came one point short of the largest comeback in the NBA this season -- Philadelphia's furious 25-point comeback against Portland on November 16.
Dallas' largest comeback was a 25-point rally at Denver in November 1994. Just over 13 years later, the Mavericks turned on the jets in a frantic final two minutes of the third period, highlighting a final 30-plus minutes of domination.
Toronto also let a 24-point lead slip to Dallas in February 2006, losing that contest in overtime.
The Mavericks made just 1-of-6 treys over the first 18-plus minutes and shot 41 percent from the floor, falling behind 49-25 on Jose Calderon's turnaround jumper with 5:58 left in the first half. The guard's bucket capped a 13-4 stretch over four-plus minute stretch.
Dallas completely reversed momentum from there, drawing within 55-41 at the half then seizing the lead with a 38-17 advantage in the third quarter. Nowitzki's first three of the final sequence tied the game at 70-70 and his second put the Mavericks in front. His third three opened a 76-72 lead and his fourth trey beat the buzzer for a seven-point edge.
"We just had to get going, get fired up," said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson. "What a great third quarter."
Jason Terry scored 19 points Josh Howard added 15 points for Dallas, which finished a 4-0 homestand in style.
Toronto, on the other hand, dropped its third contest in four games with a complete meltdown. Chris Bosh poured in 31 points with 12 rebounds and Andrea Bargnani added 20 points with five boards.
"We did a lot of good things, but we just couldn't hold it together," Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell said.
The Raptors drew within 84-80 in the fourth on Calderon's jumper and his bucket cut the deficit to 88-83 minutes later. Calderon scored 14 points with six assists in the loss.
Toronto drew within four points twice more in the fourth and trailed 96-91 with under one minute left before Nowitzki clinched the victory with a contested jumper that beat the shot clock.
Dallas shot 49.3 percent from the floor and Toronto made 45 percent of its shots...Each team shot well from the charity stripe, as Dallas made 23-of-28 and Toronto converted 19-of-23 attempts...Dallas has won eight straight meetings overall and eight in a row at home in the series...T.J. Ford scored 13 points and dished out five assists before leaving with a stinger and Anthony Parker donated 11 points in defeat.
11/21 01:34:35 ET