Toronto Raptors Rookies Combine for 55 Points in Loss to the Mavs
The Toronto Raptors made it close late, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough as the Raptors fell to the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 114-110.
With one final game remaining, the Raptors have completely shifted their focus to what will surely be an interesting offseason.
“The plan first is to get everyone away and relax, regenerated and rejuvenated,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse on Friday prior to tip-off. “That’s really the focus now, more than ever. This has been a year where we need to, with everyone, staff, coaches, players, recharge the batteries.”
Despite accumulating yet another loss, Friday night was special – it was a coming out party for the Raptors rookie duo.
Jalen Harris posted yet another career night, scoring 31 points in his second career NBA start on 12-for-21 shooting. Malachi Flynn added 26 points of his own, while grabbing 6 boards and dishing out five assists as the regulars sat once again. Stanley Johnson followed up his career night with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
“They did a good job,” said Nurse of the team’s rookies. “I think that the group kind of all played well, right? I think that they, you know, we found a few things we needed to clean up defensively and they did them at the halftime with some adjustments and they kept kind of going to the right places offensively, too.”
The finish line is very quickly approaching and as the NBA is preparing for the start of its playoffs, the Raptors will conclude their season on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers.