NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 1st (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (23-37) at Dallas Mavericks (35-23), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors resume a three-game road trip on Sunday hoping to win in Dallas for the first time in nine years.
The Raptors have dropped eight straight in "Big D", last winning in the city on December 30, 1999.
Most recently, Toronto dropped the opener of its trek in Phoenix on Friday when Shaquille O'Neal found the Fountain of Youth and recorded 45 points to lead the Steve Nash-less Suns to their 10th straight win over Toronto with a 133-113 triumph at US Airways Center.
Former Sun Shawn Marion donated 27 points and 11 boards for the Raptors, who have dropped three of five overall. Andrea Bargnani totaled 21 points and Chris Bosh 19 with 10 boards.
Toronto, which is a miserable 11-21 on the road, will finish its swing in Houston on March 3.
The Mavs, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 on a three-game homestand Friday when Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 41 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as Dallas came from behind to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-108, in an overtime thriller at the American Airlines Center.
Jason Kidd had a double-double with 10 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks, who improved to 21-8 at home on the season.
Josh Howard added 13 points, while James Singleton finished with 12 points off the bench as the Mavs rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Nowitzki went 16-of-30 from the field on his way to the 40-point plateau for the fourth time this season.
Dallas has dominated this series winning nine of the past 10 games between the two clubs, including a 96-86 win in Toronto on December 17.
03/01 10:35:27 ET