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Mavs hope to keep momentum going versus Raptors

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks have played good basketball of late and will try to continue the surge Friday when they finish off a homestand with the Toronto Raptors in town.

The Mavs are 2-0 on this little stay in Big D with wins over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and a 105-91 victory Wednesday versus the slumping Memphis Grizzlies.

Dallas has taken five of its last seven and during that stretch, allowed opponents 100 points or more just twice. During these seven games in the month of December, the Mavs are holding teams to an average of 96.6 points per game.

"In the month of December we've been better defensively, and our goal is to stay on that track," head coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday after practice. "We've spent the majority of our practice time on defense. We know how important it is, and we're just going to be vigilant about it. It's not something that you can take days off from. You can't take days off from the mental edge aspect of it, and we know that."

The Mavericks held the Grizzlies to just a shade under 40 percent shooting from the field on Wednesday. Dallas lost the rebounding battle by one, but shot almost 55 percent.

Dirk Nowitzki paced five Dallas players in double figures with 20. Monta Ellis finished with 18, followed by 14 from Vince Carter, 12 from Jose Calderon and 10 out of Shawn Marion.

The Mavs play five of their next six on the road.

The Raptors begin a brutal trek on Friday with stops in Oklahoma City, San Antonio and New York after this stop against Dallas.

Toronto was 3-1 since Rudy Gay was agreed to be traded, but lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday. The Raptors fell 104-102 in overtime, at home, to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Charlotte's Kemba Walker buried a 15-foot jumper at the horn to get the victory.

DeMar DeRozan was the high-scorer in the game with 30 points, while Kyle Lowry added 17. John Salmons chipped in 11 off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson both finished with 10 points. Johnson added 13 rebounds.

It was another tough loss for a young team with new parts.

"I love the challenge of coaching young players, I enjoy that," head coach Dwane Casey said after practice on Thursday. "I enjoy winning more, but I understand where we are."

The Mavs, who are 11-2 in American Airlines Center, have won 12 of their last 13 against the Raps at home.

12/20 10:38:15 ET

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Schedule

Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Dallas85Final | Box
San Antonio «90
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. San Antonio leads series, 1-0.
Charlotte593rd Qtr 3:20 | Box
Miami59TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago ABC
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
3rd
MIA 59
CHA 59
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
12th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
12th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
11th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
9th
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 0
CIN 8
 
6th
TEX 2
CWS 8
 
3rd
OAK 2
HOU 0
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 1
 
3rd
SDP 0
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
3rd
MIA 59
CHA 59
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
2nd Intermission
BOS 3
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3