DALLAS -- It took the Dallas Mavericks less then eight minutes to give up a precious 19-point lead Friday night to the Toronto Raptors.
And that was the springboard the Raptors used to embarrass the Mavs, 109-108 in overtime, before a stunned sellout crowd at American Airlines Center.
So what happened to the Mavs (15-11) as they were trying to reach six games above .500 for the first time since they finished the 2011-'12 season with a 36-30 record?
"I went to the bench,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "We were up 20, we gave up a couple of layups, and I came in a couple minutes later and then they were hot.''
Nowitzki took a break with 8:11 left in the second period and the Mavs leading, 41-24. By the time he returned with 5:23 left before intermission, the Raptors were within 44-34 of the Mavs.
The Mavs actually led, 41-22, with 8:34 to go in the first half. Then the Raptors got smoking hot and zoomed ahead, 49-47, with 57.3 seconds left in the opening half.
"We've got to be the team that loses leads quicker than any other team in the league,'' Nowitzki said. "To give up a 19-point lead within a couple of minutes, you've got to be more solid.
"There’s going to be stretches where the ball’s just not going in, but we turn the ball over by giving up layups. We’re not physical enough on defense -- and they just walk in -- and then they start getting confidence and making shots, and then you have a ballgame.''
-- Dwain Price
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