Late 12-0 run rallies Raptors past Mavericks
(The Sports Xchange) - Coming off the best regular season in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are 4-0 for the first time ever.
Kyle Lowry scored 27 points, and the Raptors remained undefeated by topping the Dallas Mavericks 102-91 at American Airlines Center.
"We are off to great start," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said, "but we have to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint."
The Raptors rode a 12-0 burst in the fourth quarter to take control in the opener of a four-game road trip.
The quick start is not going to the heads of a young squad that won 49 games last season.
"We just want to go out there and win every opportunity we get," Raptors' DeMar DeRozan said. "The previous games don't matter, but the one that we got next (does). That's how we're treating this season."
The Mavericks (2-2) dropped their home opener after going 2-1 on a West Coast road trip. Dallas, who swept Toronto last season, held a halftime lead and were up by four points midway through the final period.
Lowry shot nine-for-15 from the floor, including four-for-five from beyond the three-point line, and added 10 assists. He also had three steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.
"He has been real solid for us and is showing amazing leadership qualities," Casey said. "He is a very tough kid. He got big stops for us. It's early in the season, and we will be very mindful to try and keep him fresh for this long season." Continued...