DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had his eleventh triple-double of the season with 20 factors, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the Dallas Mavericks assured themselves a top-six end within the Western Convention, to keep away from the NBA’s play-in subsequent week, with a 114-110 victory over Toronto on Friday evening.
Kristaps Porzingis, who completed with 21 factors and 10 rebounds, made a 3-pointer on the sport’s first shot and the Mavericks by no means trailed of their regular-season residence finale, although the undermanned Raptors lower it shut late. Toronto used solely seven gamers, going with out its prime seven scorers — principally due to accidents, but additionally with the season winding down and the Raptors out of rivalry for even a play-in spot within the East.
Toronto, which trailed by 19 factors early within the second half, was inside 105-102 on Malachi Flynn’s 3-pointer with three minutes left, which adopted a Mavericks turnover after his layup. However Dorian Finney-Smith responded with a 3-pointer for Dallas and Doncic then drove for a one-handed slam. Doncic had earlier rebounded his personal missed brief jumper and adopted that with a nifty layup.
Raptors rookie Jalen Harris, a Dallas native making his second profession begin in as many nights, had 31 factors to steer Toronto. Flynn had 26 factors.
The Southwest Division-winning Mavericks (42-29) are in fifth place within the West, with a one-game lead over Portland (41-30) for the No. 5 seed with one regular-season sport remaining for each groups. The Path Blazers have the tiebreaker in the event that they end with the identical file, since they gained two of three towards Dallas this season.
Groups ending seventh by way of tenth in every convention are compelled into play-in video games subsequent week to find out who advances. The highest six groups get an prolonged break after a condensed regular-season schedule, although with 10 fewer video games than common, due to the pandemic.
Toronto rookie ahead Freddie Gillespie from Baylor bought his first profession NBA begin, and it got here on an evening when the Baylor coach Scott Drew and the nationwide champion Bears had been in attendance to be acknowledged by the Mavericks. Dallas County officers declared Might the month of the Bears within the county.
Raptors: Stanley Jonson had a double-double with 15 factors and 10 rebounds. … Toronto prolonged a franchise file with its thirty seventh completely different beginning lineup this season. It was the ninth sport in a row they used a unique beginning 5.
Mavericks: It was the thirty sixth profession triple-double for Doncic, who’s eleventh on the NBA profession checklist. He’s nonetheless seven behind Fats Lever for the highest 10, however now three forward of Bob Cousy. … Jalen Brunson completed with 19 factors and Finney-Smith had 17. … Dallas had misplaced 12 of its earlier 16 video games towards the Raptors, together with 116-93 in Tampa on Jan. 18.
Raptors: Common-season “residence” finale towards Indiana on Sunday in Tampa.
Mavericks: Common-season finale at Minnesota.
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