By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
American Airlines Center-Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea scored 20 points, including a clinching layup in the final seconds, and the Mavericks ended six-game winning streak by Toronto with a 98-93 victory in the American Airlines Center in front of a sellout crowd of 20,005.
Dallas Harrison Barnes set the tone early for the Mavericks with 11 points (5-7) shooting in the first quarter with Maxi Kleber chipping in 8 points and 3 blocked shots.
The Raptors (23-9) came into the game with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference but shot a mere 40% for the first time this season.
The Mavericks held DeMar DeRozan in check and Toronto to season lows in shooting percentage as the Raptors lost for just the second time in 14 games played.
DeRozan scored only eight points while shooting 19 percent (3 of 16) from the floor. His previous low was 20 percent (1 of 5) in his only other single-digit game this season back in Novemember.
“We had a great game plan against DeMar with us changing up defenses. You never want a player like that to get on a roll early beccause he can change the outcome of a game in a heartbeat.” Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea said.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and Maxi Kleber chipped in 15 points and matched his rookie season career with five blocks in the paint. Forward Harrison Barnes had 16 points, 2 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Raptor’s guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 23 points but didn’t score in the fourth quarter, while DeRozan couldn’t jump start his offense at all after averaging 37 points on a three-game road trip.
Both teams combined to make just five of 31 shots in the final 8 minutes of the game, including a couple misses by forward Serge Ibaka with the Raptors trailing by three points before J.J. Barea hitting a acrobatic layup with 10 seconds left on the clock and finally dribbling out most of the shot clock.
“I think we did a fine job a DeRozan which we needed to if we was going to win this game. We needed someone else to step up and be the man for us and J.J. was the man and we definitely that type of game fro him tonight.” Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.