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Leonard scores 33 as Raptors beat Doncic, Mavericks 123-120

DALLAS (AP) Even as a 19-year-old rookie, Dallas' Luka Doncic continues to make his case for an NBA All-Star spot.

Kawhi Leonard is already one, and came through to spoil Doncic's career-best game Sunday night.

Leonard, voted last week to start the All-Star Game for the third time, scored 33 points to help the Toronto Raptors overcome a triple-double from the Dallas rookie in a 123-120 win over the Mavericks.

Doncic, who will turn 20 on Feb. 28, finished with a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first teenager in NBA history with two triple-doubles.

However, he and his teammates faltered down the stretch, losing a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead after coming back from 12 down at halftime.

''For me, what matters is the victory,'' Doncic said. ''(The triple-double) was special for sure, but it would be even more if we got the win.''

Pascal Siakam's three-point play snapped a 108-all tie with 3:56 remaining as the Raptors recovered from a poor third quarter and a 92-85 deficit early in the fourth.

Danny Green's floater in the lane extended Toronto's lead to 116-112 with 1:34 remaining. Harrison Barnes missed two critical free throws for the Mavericks, and Leonard scored on a driving lay-up and then converted a free throw after a turnover by Doncic. The Raptors iced the game at the line.

Leonard credited the team's switch to a zone defense in the fourth quarter to help slow the Mavs down.

''I think it just helps us communicate more,'' Leonard said. ''We're not too consistent in communicating when we're guarding man to man, but the zone it makes us talk and make us get into positions to be in the help spots.''

Kyle Lowry scored 19 points for Toronto and Siakam had 14.

Trailing 70-58 at the half, Dallas turned the game around by outscoring Toronto 30-15 in the third quarter, one in which the Raptors missed their first 10 shots enroute to making only 4 of 19 field goals. Toronto was also assessed four technical fouls in the quarter - three for defensive 3-second violations.

''The third quarter, we got stagnant.'' Leonard said. ''Our defense got stagnant.''

MAKING HIS CASE

Doncic came in second to LeBron James in the fan voting for All-Star starters in the Western Conference but was not selected as a starter once media and player votes were counted. He once again turned the fourth quarter into a case for his inclusion, scoring 13 points, including a coast-to-coast dunk that gave Dallas a 99-93 lead.

When the Raptors pulled to 101-99, Doncic answered with a long 3 to reach 30 points for the sixth time this season. Doncic got his 10th assist to complete the triple-double by feeding DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop dunk with 3:29 left in the fourth.

''We couldn't get him out of rhythm because he was low and strong and crossing over,'' Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. ''Then, with a burst he was into the paint. And when we did get enough help there, he'd hang in the air until the last second and throw that incredible two-handed pass out to the right corner. He's something else.''

WINNING AT THE LINES

The Raptors made 17 of 34 3s to the Mavericks' 11 for 36. And despite playing on the road, Toronto converted 32 of 38 free throws, while Dallas shot 23 of 34.

Every Mavericks player who attempted at least one free throw missed one, and even Dirk Nowitzki, a career 88 percent shooter from the stripe, missed 2 of 3.

''We certainly have guys that are capable of making free throws,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''It's a bit of an uncharacteristic thing.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: Leonard has scored 20 or more points in 22 straight games but has been inactive eight times during his scoring streak.

Mavericks: Barnes scored 14 for the Mavericks and Dennis Smith Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 each. ... Wesley Matthews became the first undrafted player in NBA history - and 31st overall - to make 1,500 3-pointers when he hit his second of the game with 5:36 left in the first quarter. ... Smith received a technical foul in the first quarter when, after scoring a lay-up over a Serge Ibaka, flexed his muscles over the fallen Raptors player.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Milwaukee on Thursday night in a matchup of the East's top two teams.

Mavericks: At New York on Wednesday night to open a three-game trip.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
L. Doncic
77 SF
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
20.2 Pts. Per Game 20.2
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
50.3 Field Goal % 43.4
50.4 Three Point % 42.8
85.8 Free Throw % 73.4
+ 3 Ryan Broekhoff made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 0:02
+ 1 Kyle Lowry made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Kyle Lowry made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Wesley Matthews 0:09
+ 2 Luka Doncic made driving dunk, assist by Ryan Broekhoff 0:13
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:16
  Personal foul on DeAndre Jordan 0:16
+ 3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes 0:30
  Kawhi Leonard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
Team Stats
Points 123 120
Field Goals 37-83 (44.6%) 43-88 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 17-34 (50.0%) 11-36 (30.6%)
Free Throws 32-38 (84.2%) 23-34 (67.6%)
Total Rebounds 52 56
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 36 36
Team 8 13
Assists 24 25
Steals 6 5
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 27 29
Technicals 4 1
33 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
35 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Raptors 37-15 38321538123
home team logo Mavericks 22-27 32263032120
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 37-15 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Mavericks 22-27 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Doncic SF 21.2 PPG 7.8 RPG 6.0 APG 42.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 33 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
L. Doncic SF 35 PTS 12 REB 10 AST
44.6 FG% 48.9
50.0 3PT FG% 30.6
84.2 FT% 67.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 33 10 3 10/23 3/8 10/11 1 34 0 0 0 1 9 0 49
K. Lowry 19 5 9 5/14 5/10 4/4 4 37 1 2 1 2 3 +9 44
P. Siakam 14 5 2 4/11 1/3 5/5 4 36 1 0 1 1 4 +9 23
S. Ibaka 11 11 2 3/9 0/1 5/8 5 36 1 2 0 1 10 -2 29
D. Green 10 7 1 4/6 2/3 0/0 4 31 2 0 0 1 6 +8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 33 10 3 10/23 3/8 10/11 1 34 0 0 0 1 9 0 49
K. Lowry 19 5 9 5/14 5/10 4/4 4 37 1 2 1 2 3 +9 44
P. Siakam 14 5 2 4/11 1/3 5/5 4 36 1 0 1 1 4 +9 23
S. Ibaka 11 11 2 3/9 0/1 5/8 5 36 1 2 0 1 10 -2 29
D. Green 10 7 1 4/6 2/3 0/0 4 31 2 0 0 1 6 +8 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. VanVleet 13 1 6 4/9 3/4 2/2 1 21 0 0 0 0 1 -7 26
N. Powell 9 1 0 2/3 1/1 4/4 5 15 0 0 2 0 1 -6 8
D. Wright 9 1 1 3/4 1/1 2/4 1 13 1 1 3 0 1 +1 11
O. Anunoby 5 2 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 1 1 +6 7
G. Monroe 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 -3 1
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 123 44 24 37/83 17/34 32/38 27 235 6 5 7 8 36 +15 219
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Doncic 35 12 10 14/24 3/9 4/6 3 35 0 0 3 2 10 -2 64
H. Barnes 14 6 2 3/11 1/4 7/9 2 31 1 0 0 0 6 +1 25
D. Smith Jr. 13 4 6 6/16 1/6 0/0 2 31 1 1 2 1 3 -2 29
W. Matthews 12 2 0 3/9 2/8 4/5 5 35 0 0 1 0 2 +1 13
D. Jordan 11 9 2 2/4 0/0 7/9 5 29 0 0 2 1 8 -3 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Doncic 35 12 10 14/24 3/9 4/6 3 35 0 0 3 2 10 -2 64
H. Barnes 14 6 2 3/11 1/4 7/9 2 31 1 0 0 0 6 +1 25
D. Smith Jr. 13 4 6 6/16 1/6 0/0 2 31 1 1 2 1 3 -2 29
W. Matthews 12 2 0 3/9 2/8 4/5 5 35 0 0 1 0 2 +1 13
D. Jordan 11 9 2 2/4 0/0 7/9 5 29 0 0 2 1 8 -3 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Finney-Smith 13 5 0 6/9 1/3 0/2 3 27 3 1 2 2 3 -1 20
D. Powell 8 2 0 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 1 -5 10
D. Nowitzki 7 0 0 2/2 2/2 1/3 3 10 0 0 1 0 0 +2 6
J. Brunson 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
R. Broekhoff 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 5
M. Kleber 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 0 2 -5 4
D. Harris 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 -4 4
J. Barea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mejri - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 43 25 43/88 11/36 23/34 29 235 5 2 11 7 36 -15 209