Lowry has 20 as Raptors win 6th straight, beat Mavs 116-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2018 10:14 AM
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts to a play during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17, 2018 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their sixth straight win to start the season, beating the Dallas Mavericks 116-107 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Danny Green had 15 and Serge Ibaka finished with 11 as the Raptors eclipsed the 5-0 start they recorded in 2015-16.
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who trailed by 17 points in the first quarter. Luka Doncic scored 22 points, and Wesley Matthews had 21.
Dallas clawed back and trailed by three heading into the fourth, but Toronto opened the quarter with a 9-2 run. Dallas shot 7-for-24 in the fourth.
Lowry recorded 10 or more assists for the fourth straight game, the first Raptors player to do so since Jose Calderon had five in a row in March 2012.
Dallas, which let a 26-point lead slip away in Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) loss at Atlanta, dropped its second straight after winning two in a row.
Green scored 12 points in the first as the Raptors raced out to an 18-2 lead. Toronto led 39-26 after its highest-scoring quarter of the season so far.
Matthews scored nine points in the second and Doncic had eight as Dallas cut the deficit to five late in the quarter. Leonard scored nine points for the Raptors and Lowry had eight to give Toronto a 69-60 lead at halftime.
Mavericks: Harrison Barnes made his season debut after missing the first four games because of a strained right hamstring. He shot 5-for-17 and scored 14 points. ... Dallas missed nine of its first 10 field-goal attempts, and then made eight of the next 12. ... Mavs rookie Jalen Brunson is the son of former Raptors guard and nine-year NBA veteran Rick Brunson.
Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (sprained left big toe) missed his second straight game. ... G Delon Wright (left thigh) sat for the fifth time in six games. ... F OG Anunoby (personal reason) was inactive. ... Toronto has allowed at least 100 points in all six games this season. ... Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. ... Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and New York Mets outfielder Jose Bautista, a former Jays slugger, sat courtside.
Mavericks: Host Utah on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Raptors: At Milwaukee Dallas on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).