Doncic, Hardaway combine for 52 pts to down Raps

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TORONTO – The one-two punch of Dallas Maverick guards Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered a second-half knockout stroke to the Toronto Raptors connected Saturday.

After a dilatory start, Doncic and Hardaway heated up successful the 3rd and 4th quarters to decorativeness with 27 and 25 points, respectively, successful the Mavericks 103-95 triumph earlier a sellout gathering of 19,800 astatine Scotiabank Arena.

It was the Mavericks’ (1-1) archetypal triumph of the season, portion Toronto (1-2) could not physique connected its archetypal triumph successful Boston against the Celtics connected Friday.

The Mavericks trailed by arsenic overmuch arsenic 14 points early. But earlier the 3rd 4th deed the midway point, Dallas had tied the crippled 62-62 acknowledgment to a mates of three-point jumpers from Hardaway.

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Canadian guardant Dwight Powell past gave the Mavericks the pb for the archetypal clip connected a nifty walk from defender Doncic.

Doncic nailed a three-pointer connected Dallas’s adjacent travel down the level for a 67-62 lead. At the extremity of the 3rd quarter, a superb alley-oop play from Fred VanVleet to Precious Achiuwa pulled the Raptors to wrong 74-72.

VanVleet finished with 20 points.

The Raptors had the hard task of keeping Doncic astatine bay. The talented 22-year-old Slovenian was the 2018-19 NBA rookie of the twelvemonth and a league all-star the past 2 seasons.

Doncic played connected the Slovenian nationalist squad with Raptors defender Goran Dragic. The 2 person been roommates astatine past planetary events, and Dragic has served arsenic a mentor for Doncic.

He was constricted to 11 points successful the archetypal half. It was OG Anunoby who played similar the all-star successful the archetypal half.

Anunoby exhibited plentifulness of beingness early, hitting his archetypal 3 shots and pushing the Raptors retired to 11-2 advantage.

Mavericks manager Jason Kidd’s timeout did small arsenic Toronto accrued its pb to 16-2 earlier Dallas’s offence got connected track.

Anunoby finished the opening 4th with 12 points, but the Mavericks closed to wrong 25-18 erstwhile the 4th had ended.

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Anunoby was bully for different 8 points successful the 2nd quarter, but the Raptors’ shooters cooled to let Dallas to spot distant astatine the Toronto lead.

Anunoby recovered himself successful foul occupation successful the 3rd 4th and finished with 23 points.

The beingness of 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis made beingness hard for the Raptors inside. Porzingis blocked 3 shots successful the opening 2 quarters.

The Mavericks trailed by six points astatine half-time, 51-45.

Dallas had not played since its season-opening nonaccomplishment successful Atlanta against the Hawks connected Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were playing successful their 3rd crippled successful 4 nights.

This study by The Canadian Press was archetypal published Oct. 23, 2021.

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