Kyle Lowry, Raptors Erase 30-Point Deficit to Beat Mavs in Historic Comeback

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 22, 2019

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Kyle Lowry led the Toronto Raptors back from a 23-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 at Scotiabank Arena Sunday afternoon.  

It marked Toronto's fifth straight victory and the largest comeback in franchise history (h/t TSN Sports' Josh Lewenberg).

Raptors fans showered Kyle Lowry, who led the Raptors with 32 points, with praise:

Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA

🗣 “LOWRY, LOWRY, LOWRY” Toronto is loving the comeback https://t.co/Ab3P8C6uLA

Toronto trailed by 30 points with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter. Lowry bucketed 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors outscored the Mavs 47-21 in that final period.

Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA

Raptors erased a 30 point deficit in the 4th 🤯 Lowry outscoring the Mavs with 18 and counting https://t.co/LPRySUJkJg

Lowry also assisted on Chris Boucher's game-winning dunk with 25.8 seconds remaining in regulation:

Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA

BOUCHER 🔨 https://t.co/lr1JUVd6gz

Dallas was notably without reigning Rookie of the Year Luke Doncic, who sprained his right ankle on Dec. 14. Jalen Brunson, who has been starting at point guard in Doncic's place, led the Mavericks with 21 points. 

The Raptors showed their championship grit as they were without forward Pascal Siakam (groin), guard Norman Powell (shoulder) and center Marc Gasol (hamstring). Toronto listed all three players as out indefinitely on Thursday.

Siakam has led the team in scoring with 25.1 points per game through 27 starts, while Powell was the hottest he's been all season, averaging 17.7 points in December.

Lowry compensated for the loss of Siakam's and Powell's scoring, but the defensive void left behind by Gasol was filled collectively:

Joseph Casciaro @JosephCasciaro

The Siakam-less, Gasol-less, Powell-less Raptors were down 30 - THIRTY - with 2:03 left in the 3rd quarter. They proceeded to outscore Dallas 55-22 over the next 14 minutes, with Kyle Lowry singlehandedly outscoring the Mavs 23-22 during that time

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

In addition to Lowry, a big-time effort from the bench - Chris Boucher, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Terence Davis and Malcolm Miller. They completely changed the game with their defense.

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

It's not that Lowry makes bench units better, it's that Lowry makes every unit better.

The Raptors bench outscored Mavs reserves 48-20. 

"Historically, I would say we've always been a team that fights," Toronto head coach Nick Nurse told reporters postgame. "We hardly ever mail it in. That's a good quality to have."

Nurse added he has "never seen anything like" Lowry's fourth-quarter performance.

The NBA hadn't seen anything like the Raptors' comeback since 2009:

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith

Raps PR tells me ...last nba team to come back from down 30 .... Sacramento...beat chicago ...dec 21, 2009

According to Eric Smith, the largest comeback in franchise history prior to Sunday's triumph involved closing a 25-point deficit against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 11, 2010.

Toronto improved to 21-8 with the win, tied with the Miami Heat for third in the Eastern Conference, while the Mavericks dropped to 19-10.

The Raptors have proved so far this season they won't be an easy out despite reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard choosing to depart for the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency. Sunday's performance was a statement that the defending champions are still the defending champions without him.