The Dallas Mavericks led by double digits throughout Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors
Dallas used a third consecutive 30-point first quarter to propel themselves to a double-digit lead pretty much all night against the Raptors, before letting them make a late run. The Mavs ended up winning their third straight game by beating the Raptors 109-104.
Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo led to way for the shorthanded Mavs with 22 points each. Dallas, missing four players for this game, got a late bucket from Kaman to seal to deal, before Toronto chipped the lead down, leaving the final margin of victory at five.
Mayo wasn't as efficient as he was in the past two games at home, but went 8-17 from the field and dished out six assists, making smart passes as he was frequently double-teamed by the Toronto defense.
Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan had 25 and 24 points, respectively, to keep the Raptors from never really being out of the game, despite playing without star point guard Kyle Lowry.
Dallas won the rebounding battle 47-38, some damage coming from Bernard James, known as The Sarge for his military duty, who grabbed nine rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Beating the Raptors wasn't as easy as the previous two home games against Portland and Charlotte. Dallas was missing Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Rodrigue Beaubois, all sidelined with various injures. Elton Brand didn't play for personal reasons.
The Mavs get a test on Friday night as they travel to Madison Square Garden in New York City to take on the Knicks. Brand, who missed the game to attend to the birth of his second child, will reportedly be ready to play.
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