Doncic has 27 points, 12 assists as Mavs beat Raptors 103-95

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TORONTO (AP) — Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks shook disconnected the disappointment of a season-opening decision with an awesome comeback triumph successful Toronto.

Doncic had 27 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds, narrowly missing his 37th vocation triple-double, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks rallied from an aboriginal 14-point shortage to bushed the Raptors 103-95 Saturday night.

“Our defence wasn’t the champion successful the archetypal half,” Doncic said. “In the 2nd fractional we stayed together, we picked it up, not similar the archetypal game. I deliberation that was the key.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 of his 25 points successful the 4th fourth and Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith each had 11 arsenic Dallas bounced backmost from Thursday’s nonaccomplishment astatine Atlanta.

“We were tested successful Atlanta and we didn’t respond well,” caller Dallas manager Jason Kidd said. “I thought the guys responded good present tonight, connected the road.”

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Hardaway credited Kidd for lifiting the team’s spirits with immoderate encouraging words earlier extremity off.

“Coach Kidd said earlier the crippled ‘Great teams, they don’t suffer 2 successful a row, and they find a mode to win, particularly successful hard situations,'” Hardaway said. “We conscionable wanted to marque definite that we finished beardown and played hard connected some ends of the floor, and didn’t privation to question ourselves aft the game.”

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OG Anunoby scored 23 points for the Raptors, who were playing the 2nd crippled of a back-to-back. Toronto won 115-83 astatine Boston Friday.

Fred VanVleet scored 20 points and Scottie Barnes had 17. Precious Achiuwa had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Gary Trent Jr. scored 12 points.

Anunoby and Trent combined for 30 points successful the archetypal fractional but had conscionable 5 betwixt them successful the 2nd arsenic the Raptors couldn’t marque an aboriginal pb basal up.

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“Those are the nights close determination wherever we truly request our seat to supply immoderate energy,” Raptors caput manager Nick Nurse said. “At home, back-to-back, they truly request to springiness america thing and they got outplayed beauteous badly, I thought.”

The Mavericks changeable a dismal 32.6% (31 of 93) from the tract against the Hawks Thursday, and weren’t overmuch amended successful the aboriginal going against Toronto, missing 9 of their archetypal 10 attempts. Dallas went 0 for 8 from 3-point scope successful the archetypal quarter.

Anunoby had 12 points successful the archetypal arsenic Toronto led 25-18 aft one.

Barnes went to the locker country for attraction aft bruising his near quadriceps musculus aboriginal successful the 2nd 4th and did not play again successful the half. Toronto led 51-45 astatine the intermission.

Barnes returned successful the 3rd but Dallas tied it astatine 62-all connected a handbasket by Doncic with 6:06 near successful the quarter, past took their archetypal pb of the crippled erstwhile Powell dunked aft a Toronto turnover. Doncic followed with his archetypal 3-pointer aft starting 0 for 5 from distance, past deed different jumper to implicit a 12-0 tally for the Mavs.

Doncic scored 12 points successful the 3rd arsenic Dallas took a constrictive 74-72 pb to the fourth.

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Mavericks: Dallas scored 15 points disconnected 12 Toronto turnovers. … Hardaway changeable 7 for 11from 3-point range, portion Doncic went 2 for 10. … The visiting squad won for the 2nd clip successful 9 meetings betwixt Toronto and Dallas.

Raptors: G/F Svi Mykhailiuk needed 4 stitches astatine halftime to adjacent a chopped connected his head. Mykhailiuk was wounded successful an accidental collision with Porzingis precocious successful the second. Mykhailiuk returned successful the third. … F Pascal Siakam (left shoulder) is present practicing with airy contact, manager Nick Nurse said. … F Yuta Watanabe (left calf) is expected to commencement practicing Tuesday.

SO CLOSE!

Doncic missed a triple-double by 1 rebound oregon 1 assistance for the 15th time.

NOT SO CLOSE

This was the 4th clip successful 17 meetings that a crippled betwixt Dallas and Toronto wasn’t decided by less than 10 points.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

VanVleet and Achiuwa connected connected the handbasket of the game, with VanVleet uncovering his teammate for a half-court lob walk precocious successful the third.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Open their location docket against Houston connected Tuesday night.

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Raptors: Host Chicago connected Monday night.

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