When Patrick O’Bryant gets to close things out for the Raptors, it means one of two things — it was either a really, really good night or a hellish one. Friday night was good news, tonight…well, not so much. Big Patty’s late slide tackle of Rodrigue Beaubois wasn’t enough to spark the Raps to a win, as the Mavs rolled to a 129-101 romp.
I swear, if Disco Dirk Nowitzki got to play the Raptors 82 times a year, he’d average something like 62.1 points and shoot about 80% from the field. Something like that, at least. The German Sensation went to work again tonight, scoring 29 points and adding nine boards before calling in quits early in the fourth. Dallas shot an unheard of 62.4% and scored 74 points in the second half against Toronto’s usually rock-solid D (not).
The Raptors hung tough for much of the first half before the annihilation of the final 24 minutes. One problem, aside from not coming within 10 feet of a Dallas jump shooter all night, was bench play, which is especially big on a back-to-back on the road — Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli, Antoine Wright and Amir Johnson combined to shoot 6-of-24.
Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani carried the offensive load for Toronto, scoring 26 and 22, respectively. Jose Calderon had a decent game by his early-season standards, chipping in 13 and seven assists.
If one of the three on the current trip was going to get ugly, this would’ve been the one I picked. In all, a rough one, but one I can live with.
The Raps, who fall to 3-3 with the loss, are in San Antonio Monday before returning home to face Chicago on Wednesday.