DeRozan has 29, Raptors win 11th straight, beat Mavs 122-115

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 17, 2018 10:42 AM
DeRozan has 29, Raptors win 11th straight, beat Mavs 122-115
FILE - Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is greeted by teammates after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, extending their season-best run to 11 by beating the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors won for the 18th time in 19 games. Kyle Lowry got the night off to rest as the Raptors played the second game of the back-to-back.

Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet each scored 14 points, helping Toronto improved to an NBA-best 29-5 at home.

Dallas had won 3-of-4. Harrison Barnes scored 27 points for the Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 and J.J. Barea 18.

Up 84-78 to begin the fourth, Dallas stretched its lead to 101-93 on a jump shot by Barnes with 5:43 remaining, but four points from DeRozan cut it to 101-97 with 4:32 left.

Toronto kept coming, pulling within two on a pair of free throws by DeRozan and, after a Dallas turnover, tying it at 106 on DeRozan's jumper with 1:15 to go in regulation.

Each team turned the ball over before Barnes missed a jumper with 24 seconds left and VanVleet grabbed the rebound. After a timeout, DeRozan let the clock wind down before driving and kicking to Ibaka, who missed a potential game-winning shot. DeRozan also missed before the buzzer, sending it to overtime.

VanVleet and Dallas' Dwight Powell each made a three in overtime before DeRozan drove for the tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left.

Valanciunas sealed it by making 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 10 seconds.

Toronto also extended its franchise-record streak of games with 100 or more points to 22.


Mavericks: Five of Dallas' 12 turnovers came in the fourth quarter. ... C Salah Mejri (strained right hamstring) missed his third straight game and will not play Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at Brooklyn.

Raptors: F OG Anunoby returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous eight games because of a sprained right ankle. ... F Norman Powell (sprained left ankle) missed his second straight game ... Wright started in Lowry's place. ... Toronto signed F Nigel Hayes to a second 10-day contract.


Mavericks: Visit Brooklyn on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Dallas has won three straight road games in the series.

Raptors: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon (Monday, PHL time). Toronto has lost two straight to the Thunder.

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