Raptors hold off Mavericks

17 March 2018 13:34:27 EST

The Toronto Raptors had to rally in the fourth quarter to force overtime and defeat the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 Thursday evening at the Air Canada Centre.

Leading the way for Toronto was DeMar DeRozan, as the 28-year old shooting guard from Compton, California had a game high 29 points while pulling down four rebounds and passing out six assists for the contest.

The Raptors, 4999/1 to win the Eastern Conference, are tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for the current best winning streak in the NBA at 11 in a row. Toronto has jumped out to a five game lead in the Eastern Conference for the top record in the East.

It is looking more likely that the Raptors will have home court advantage throughout the Playoffs, though that hasn't helped them much over the last few years. 

The Mavericks were led by Harrison Barnes, as the 25-year old small forward from Ames, Iowa had a team high 27 points while pulling down five rebounds and passing out three assists for the game.

Dallas are in the thick of the race for the worst record in the NBA, as the visitors from Texas have a record of 22-47 on the year and are three and half games ahead the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Raptors continue to be a red hot offensive machine, as Toronto has now scored 100 or more points in 22 straight contests since a 97-93 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Dallas will travel to the East Coast next to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday meanwhile the Raptors will welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Air Canada Centre on Sunday.   

The Raptors are 4999/1 to win the NBA Championship with Portland 4999/1 and the Houston Rockets priced at 11/4.

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