The Dallas Mavericks spotted the Toronto Raptors a 2-0 lead and then handled things the rest of the way en route to a 109-104 victory. The Mavericks closed out their homestand with their third straight win. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 4-1 on the year. It marks the first time since 2007-08 that Dallas has started 4-1. In addition, it’s the first time since 2007-08 Dallas has started 3-0 at home.
Chris Kaman made his first start of the season and tallied a team-high-tying 22 points. O.J. Mayo shared team-high honors with 22 points. Mayo is averaging 28.0 points and shooting 66.7 percent from 3-point range over his last three games. Darren Collison scored 15 points in the victory. He joins O.J. Mayo and Brandan Wright as the only Mavericks to score in double figures in each of Dallas’ first five games.
Rebounding has been an issue for the team as of late. They found an unexpected source of relief in that department as rookie Bernard James grabbed nine rebounds in only 18 minutes of action.
Play of the night: It didn’t count, but Collison had a nice lob pass to Vince Carter. As Aaron Gray channeled his inner Andrew Bynum and delivered a hard forearm shiver to Collison, the point guard delivered a perfect lob pass to Carter for the dunk. The play was reviewed and Gray was given a flagrant-one foul. Despite that call negating the play, it still looked good.
Here is the full quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Toronto.