Terry’s buzzer beater leads Dallas over Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jason Terry capped a 26-point night with a
running jumper at the final buzzer which gave Dallas a 93-91 victory over
Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
Dirk Nowitzki delivered a game-high 29 points, including eight during a 10-2
Mavericks run over the final 1:42, as Dallas rebounded from Saturday’s 20-
point home loss to Memphis that ended its seven-game win streak.
Terry made 11-of-18 field goal attempts on the night, while Devin Harris
chipped in 16 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting for the Mavs.
Chris Bosh posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who fell to 1-14
overall after suffering their fifth straight loss. Mike James had 22 points in
Toronto tied the contest at 91-91 on Matt Bonner’s baseline jumper that was
just inside the three-point line. After a Dallas timeout, Terry took the
inbounds pass from Marquis Daniels and swished home a nine-footer over Bosh in
the lane as time expired.
The Raptors appeared to have the game in hand after reeling off nine straight
points to go up by six with two minutes to play. James made a runner and a
then a three-pointer to put the home team up 85-83 with 3:31 remaining. Jose
Calderon later scored inside before Bosh sank two foul shots with 2:06 to go
to make the score 89-83.
Nowitzki then drained back-to-back field goals, the last coming with 53
seconds showing, to pull Dallas even. He sent the Mavericks ahead with a
turnaround baseline jumper with 18.2 seconds left, but Bonner hit his shot on
the other end to tie it.
Toronto trailed 38-30 with just over five minutes left in the first half, but
surged ahead with a 12-2 run fueled by five points each from Bosh and Bonner.
Bonner’s three-point play with 1:19 remaining before the break gave the
Raptors a 42-40 lead, and James later snapped a 44-44 tie with a bucket in the
final seconds of the half to send Toronto into the locker room with a two-
Dallas would outscore the Raptors 11-5 to start the second half and later went
up 61-55 on a Nowitzki three-point play with 6:24 to go in the third quarter.
The Mavericks would take a 69-66 lead into a final period in which neither
club was ahead by more than three points until Toronto’s strong late run.
Dallas shot nearly 58 percent in the first quarter to build a 28-19 advantage
at the period’s end. Terry netted 11 points over the first nine minutes,
including a pair of buckets during an 8-0 burst midway through the stanza that
erased a one-point deficit. A driving layup and 1-of-2 free throws by Harris
closed out the quarter and accounted for the nine-point bulge.
Dallas played without its second leading scorer and rebounder, Josh Howard,
who sprained his right ankle Saturday against Memphis…Bosh recorded his
ninth double-double of the season…The Mavericks have won four straight from
Toronto and seven of the last eight meetings in the series…Dallas improved
to 5-2 on the road.