Mavericks shut down Raptors

28 December 2017 05:07:42 GMTPlus11

The Dallas Mavericks pulled a shocker on Tuesday evening as the hosts defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-93 at the American Airlines Center.

The visitors have been sneaking under the radar in the Eastern Conference so far this season, with the Raptors having the least amount of defeats, one ahead of the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics and Cavaliers each lost their 10th of the year on Christmas Day, to the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors respectively, while Toronto currently has a record of 23-9 on the season and has won eight of their last ten games.

Leading the way for the Mavericks was Dirk Nowitzki, as the 39-year old future NBA Hall of Famer from Wurzburg, Germany scored 18 points while grabbing seven assists and dishing out an assist for the game.

The Mavericks did a solid job of shutting down the dynamic Toronto duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, as the two combined for only 31 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and passing out 11 assists for the contest. Tuesday was the first game this season that the Raptors have shot under 40 percent from the field.

Toronto stays on the road as they head north to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Wednesday to conclude their brief two-game road trip.

Meanwhile the Mavericks travel to Indianapolis to square off with the Indiana Pacers before continuing on to face the Pelicans in New Orleans and the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder are 23.00 to win the NBA Championship and the Raptors are priced at 26.00.

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