Toronto Raptors Overcome Largest Deficit in Franchise History vs. Mavs
Call it a Chanukah miracle.
Down 30 points in the third quarter, the undermanned Toronto Raptors pulled off their largest comeback in franchise history, overcoming the scorching hot Dallas Mavericks by a score of 110-107. Led by an incredible 20 point fourth quarter outburst from Kyle Lowry, the team road their young guys, outscoring the Mavs 47-21 in the final frame.
“We had a great team effort,” Lowry said following the team’s sixth straight victory. “Malcolm (Miller), Terence Davis, Rondae and Chris Boucher. I give them all the credit today. They won that game for us. Malcolm got a few steals, T.D. hit a couple of big threes. Chris with his defections and blocked shots. Rondae with his putbacks and hustle effort. Give those guys the credit man, seriously.”
It was a masterful performance on both ends of the floor for the reigning champs in the fourth quarter. Boucher finished his night with 21 points and seven boards, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poured in 18 points and nine boards. Terence Davis hit two crucial three-pointers down the stretch as the Raptors pulled off a miraculous comeback.
“It was one of the craziest games I’ve been to,” Boucher said. “Even right now I’m just realizing we were down 20 and what we had to do come back. I’m definitely going to go watch the game again and see how exciting this game was, and how the fans helped us so much, just by cheering with us. We could feel down on the court how much they wanted us to win this game. It was probably one of the best games I’ve been to, for real.”
Meanwhile, the Mavericks fall to 2-2 since losing Luka Doncic to injury, but expect him back in the fold shortly.
“Tonight was a weird game, honestly,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss. “I still can’t process what happened.”
With a big win against a Western Conference contender in hand, the Raptors face a quick turnaround as they fly down to Indiana tonight and take on the Pacers tomorrow evening before returning for Christmas day.