TORONTO – The night the Toronto Raptors headed for their worst season loss, they made their biggest comeback in franchise history.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points on an exciting comeback in the fourth quarter. The Raptors returned from a 30-point deficit and defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-107, surpassing their best comeback of 25 points so far]
Lowry added 10 assists and 8 rebounds and with a few minutes of play the capacity of the 19,800 fans of the Scotiabank Arena broke into the chants of "Low-ry! Low-ry!" On.
Montrealer Chris Boucher scored 21 points in his career, including a major slump in the final seconds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 18 points for the understaffed Raptors (21-8) who played without Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (thigh) and Norman Powell (shoulder).
Jalen Brunson had 21 points for the Mavericks (19-10), who lacked Star Guard Luka Doncic (ankle) for the fourth time in a row. Toronto-born Dwight Powell added 17 points.
Toronto's biggest comeback before Sunday was when it ended a 25-point deficit against the Detroit Pistons 120-116 on December 11, 2010.
It is also the first comeback in the NBA with 30 or more points since December 21, 2009, when the Sacramento Kings defeated a 35-point hole to defeat the Chicago Bulls 102-98.
Dallas was one of the best street teams this season, going 11-2 before coming to Toronto. The Raptors played the gracious host most of the afternoon. The Raptors had an early lead of 12 points, but with no sustained energy on either side of the field, they saw that they evaporated quickly. When Powell hit the rim to catch up at the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks were leading by 30th.
After 86-63 to start the fourth, the Raptors finally showed some life. They gave up the deficit and when Lowry played a three-pointer at 8:05 and looked at the Dallas bank when the ball fell, the Raptors were within 10 points.
Lowry's exploits continued and when he dropped one shoulder and went to the tire at 5:59, it was a two-point game. Two consecutive three-points from the All-Star-Point Guard ensured that the Raptors rose by 5 points with 3:05. It was Lowry again with a 1:18 layup to give Toronto a four point pillow.
A pair of Kristaps Porzingis free throws had given Dallas a point, but Boucher flew 19 seconds for a emphatic dunk to get the Raptors back into position. Bunson's shot, which ricocheted off the edge two seconds before the end, then headed for Boucher to make two free throws to seal the win.
Powell, who wanted to play for Olympic qualifying for Canada in Victoria in June, had numerous relatives and friends in the Scotiabank Arena for his home game in his hometown.
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Mav's trainer Rick Carlisle worked with Powell for a few days in Toronto last summer.
"He's one of the ultimate competitors in this whole league. He's tough all the time. He's a relentless worker," said Carlisle. "He loves Toronto. He's up here in summer and I know it's always special for him to come back."
The Raptors, who lost between 110 and 102 in Dallas on November 16, ran for an early 12-point lead. The Mavericks shot only 21.7 percent in the quarter, but found their furrow towards the end of the frame and pulled within 20-17 seconds.
Toronto fought one of seven shots behind the bow in the second quarter. Porzingis & # 39; Three with just under four minutes ahead of the half ended a 16-2 run of the Mavericks, which increased the score by eight points.
The Mavs had only 4.1 seconds to end the half, but Porzingis still managed to score the halftime by 51-42.
The Raptors are against the Pacers in Indianapolis on Monday and then return home to host the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.