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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 19,406
Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks
- Although the Raptors defeated the Mavericks 95-74 in the teams' last matchup last season, the Raptors are 3-14 all-time against the Mavericks on the road. The Raptors' 3-14 record at Dallas is tied for their third-worst road record against a single opponent all-time (Lakers, 3-14).
- The Raptors had 22 assists in their last game against the Bobcats, their fourth consecutive game with at least 20 assists. Since the Rudy Gay trade (December 9th) the Raptors have averaged 23.8 assists per game, compared to 17.4 assists per game prior to the trade.
- The Dallas Mavericks have hit five or more three-pointers in every game so far this season. In addition, dating back to last season, the Mavericks have hit at least five three-pointers in 30 straight games, the fourth-longest active streak in the NBA. Moreover, Dallas' 214 three-pointers made so far this season are their most through 25 games all-time.
- This season, the Mavericks are 11-2 at home after holding the Grizzlies to just 91 points on just .398 shooting in their last home game. Dating back to last season, the Mavericks have won each of their last 12 home games when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points.
- Though he missed the Mavericks' last two games against the Raptors, Dirk Nowitzki in his career has averaged 23.8 points per game on .511 shooting in 23 career games against Toronto. Nowitzki's .511 field goal percentage against the Raptors is his highest against a single opponent.
- Amir Johnson this season ranks third in the NBA with a .606 field goal percentage (min. 3.7 FGM per team game), one of only three qualifiers shooting over 60 percent for the season (also DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond). In addition, no Raptor (minimum 3.7 FGM per team game) has ever finished a season shooting .600 or better.
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By TAYLOR BECHTOLD
(AP) -- With Dirk Nowitzki providing a lift in his return, the Dallas Mavericks didn't have much trouble continuing their home success the last time out.
The Mavericks now appear to be in good position to sweep a three-game homestand as they go for their 13th win in 14 home meetings against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
After missing a 106-93 victory over visiting Milwaukee on Saturday because of a stomach virus, Nowitzki put together a complete effort in his return with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 105-91 win over Memphis on Wednesday.
"I didn't feel great Monday in practice," said Nowitzki, who helped Dallas (15-10) to its fifth win in seven games. "We didn't have a game for another two days, so by Tuesday I was a lot better and (Wednesday) I felt fine."
The Mavericks have certainly been more than fine at home, winning 11 of 13 this season. Only Oklahoma City has a better home record in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki has shot 58.8 percent while posting four straight 20-point performances at the American Airlines Center. The 11-time All-Star has also averaged 25.8 points while hitting 8 of 12 from 3-point range in his last four home games against the Raptors (9-14).
Monta Ellis, who had 16 of his 18 points in the second half Wednesday, has scored 24.2 per game while hitting 15 of 31 from beyond the arc in his last nine games versus Toronto.
The Mavericks rank in the league's top five with 106.5 points per game and a 48.5 field-goal percentage at home, and they've also limited opponents to 88.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting over a three-game winning streak there.
Dallas, which is 5-0 against visiting East teams, could keep rolling versus a Toronto club that has lost 12 of 13 visits by an average of 11.1 points.
The Raptors, though, have been competitive since trading Rudy Gay to Sacramento on Dec. 9. They nearly pulled out a third straight victory Wednesday before Kemba Walker's buzzer-beater gave visiting Charlotte a 104-102 overtime win.
"We need to be more precise and have more attention to detail," coach Dwane Casey said after his team left Walker alone on the final possession.
DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points, while Kyle Lowry had 17 and Amir Johnson added 10 and 13 rebounds.
DeRozan has scored 23.4 per game but missed 16 of 18 from 3-point range in the last five without Gay, who was averaging 19.4 points with the Raptors. In the most recent meeting in Dallas, DeRozan had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 109-104 loss Nov. 7, 2012.
Nowitzki was not available for the Mavericks while missing the first 27 games last season following right knee surgery.
Johnson contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds in that contest, and he's averaged 18.6 points on 69.0 percent shooting with 9.6 boards in the last seven overall.
The Raptors, who begin a four-game trip, have won four of six away from home. They've dropped 20 of 26 overall to the Mavericks.
Updated December 19, 2013