Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 20 points and six assists while DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and Terrence Ross each scored 15 for the Toronto Raptors, who defeated the Dallas Mavericks 109-108 in overtime Friday night.
Jose Calderon led the Mavericks with 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Monta Ellis scored 21 points, dished out 11 assists and had four steals.
The Raptors pushed their lead to 89-81 at the 9:32 mark in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks went on a 14-4 run capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Calderon and Nowtizki. However, the Raptors answered with a three-pointer and 19-footer from John Salmons to regain the lead. After Ellis and Shawn Marion got buckets for the Mavericks, an Amir Johnson free throw tied the game. Marion then hit a seven-footer, but DeMar DeRozan answered with a 10-footer to tie it. On the next possession, Nowitzki couldn’t connect on a jumper and Brandan Wright missed the subsequent tip-in.
The two teams continued to go back and forth in overtime. After Valanciunas broke a 105-105 tie with 1:40 to play, Calderon hit a three-pointer to give the Mavericks the lead. DeRozan answered with a 16-footer of his own and Monta Ellis’ runner at the buzzer would not go, giving the Raptors the victory.
The Raptors improve to 10-14 and 6-6 on the road, while the Mavericks fall to 15-11.