Toronto Raptors rookie Jalen Harris puts on a show against Dallas Mavericks hometown

Toronto Raptors rookie Jalen Harris puts on a show against Dallas Mavericks hometown

Close but no cigar.

The Toronto Raptors lost their sixth straight game on Friday, losing to the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 114-110.

Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double of 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks with 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds. The Raptors, meanwhile, were led by Jalen Harris, who scored a career-high 31 points.

To find out more about the game, a few takeaways at the buzzer …

1. The injury report

Are you ready for this?

The Raptors were OG-free Anunoby (left calf strain), Rodney Hood (left hand fracture), Kyle Lowry (rest), Pascal Siakam (left shoulder strain), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor) and Paul Watson (left knee tendonitis) the Mavericks.

Additionally, Yuta Watanabe (right ankle pain) was listed as questionable ahead of the game and was officially ruled out shortly before the prediction.

That left the Raptors with seven players available, which – you guessed it – led to another new starting lineup, their 37th of the season.

2. Jalen Harris makes the most of his opportunity

Born in Dallas, Harris was asked earlier this week how he is going to feel playing against his hometown Mavericks.

“I have to do what I have to do,” he replied, par Josh Lewenberg the TSN.

It must have been code for a show, because Harris came out loud. In 19 minutes of play, he was the game’s top scorer at the half with 17 points on a 7 for 13 shot from the field and 3 for 7 from a distance of 3 points.

One of his buckets came during this nifty run against Doncic:

Harris finished the game with 31 points. It is the fifth time this month that he has established a career at an all-time high. Granted, he hasn’t seen much of the field until this month – he’s racked up more minutes in it than Toronto’s first 63 games of the season combined – but he’s making the most of his opportunity. We have the impression that he is improving with every game.

3. Everything counts for the same

It was one of those nights for Harris:

4. Rewriting registers

Harris becomes the 10th different player from the Raptors to score 30 points in a game this season.

He joins: Pascal Siakam (9), Norman Powell (6), Fred VanVleet (6), Chris Boucher (3), Kyle Lowry (2), Gary Trent Jr. (2), OG Anunoby (1), Stanley Johnson ( 1) and Paul Watson (1).

Not only is 10 30-point goalscorers in a season a franchise record, it’s an NBA record, according to the broadcast.

What a strange season for the Raptors.

5. Keep the triple doubles coming

Doncic recorded his 11th triple-double of the season and the 36th of his career.

Why is this remarkable? Doncic is itching more and more Oscar Robertson (38) for the most triple-doubles in NBA history before he turns 23.

Doncic is only 23 years old on February 28, 2022, so it’s safe to assume he’ll overtake the Big O at the start of next season.

The Raptors did a really good job overall on Doncic in this one, holding him at 7 for 19 shots from the field and 1 for 8 for 3 points, but he still had his fingerprints throughout the game. He also had a few moments in the fourth quarter that helped keep Dallas in the driver’s seat.

6. The other recruit

Oh yeah, Malachi Flynn had a game too.

Flynn was Toronto’s second-leading scorer in the game with a career-high 26 points on an 11-for-21 shot from the field. He also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Harris led the Raptors in the first three quarters, but it was Flynn who came to life in the fourth, when Toronto edged Dallas 27-22 to keep it near the straight.

Flynn scored nine of his 26 points in the last period, including two on a Fred VanVleet-like steal over Doncic with 55.6 seconds left.

Like Harris, Flynn put on a solid performance to end the season.

7. Back to the playoffs

With the win, the Mavericks clinched a berth in this season’s playoffs.

They still don’t know who they’ll be playing in the first round – not only are the Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers still vying for the No.3 and No.4 seeds, but the Portland Trail Blazers are just one game behind the Mavericks. in the ranking and own the tiebreaker – but they can sleep well tonight knowing they dodged the Play-In tournament.

8. What’s next

There is one game left.

On Sunday, the Raptors face the Indiana Pacers for their final game of the 2020-21 season. Toronto has been out of playoff contention for a while, but Indiana is still battling for a place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It should be interesting. Catch yourself then.

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