Luka Doncic scored 35 points and made history as the Dallas Mavericks held on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 111-110 on Friday.
Doncic scored 30 or more points in each of his first eight games of the season, a feat previously accomplished by just one player: Wilt Chamberlain (1959-60, eight games; and 1962-63, 23 games).
The Raptors lost Pascal Siakam to a groin injury late in the third quarter, and he didn’t return. He had 18 points in 32 minutes.
Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points for Dallas, which has won three in a row. Christian Wood added 13 points and Dorian Finney-Smith 11 points.
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OG Anunoby scored 27 points for the Raptors, Chris Boucher added 17 points, Precious Achiuwa contributed 15 points and Gary Trent Jr. had 12 points. Scottie Barnes had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double.
Dallas took a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Raptors cut the deficit to six on Achiuwa’s layup with 8:32 left. Achiuwa’s 3-point cut the lead to three with 6:42 to go, but Doncic’s 3-point cut the margin to seven with 3:17 to go.
Achiuwa had two free throws with 35.5 seconds remaining, reducing the lead to three. Doncic sank one of two foul shots with 15.9 seconds left. Anunoby’s dunk cut the lead to two. Dinwiddie made two free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the result before Anunoby hit a 3-pointer to end the game.
Dallas led 31-29 after one quarter.
The Mavericks used a 7-0 streak in the first three minutes of the second quarter to take a 38-31 lead. Siakam’s hook shot completed the first half score with Dallas leading 62-57.
Dallas surged 14-2 to open the third quarter. The gap reached 19 on Doncic’s two free throws with 6:43 remaining.
The Raptors used an 8-0 run to cut the difference to 11 with 4:24 to go in the third. Wood converted a steal into a layup to extend the lead to 16 points with 52.9 seconds left. Barnes hit a 3-pointer to complete the third quarter score and cut the lead to 96-81.
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet (back) missed his third straight game.
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