Raptors come back from 21 down to beat Mavericks

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan looks to shoot as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion...

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan looks to shoot as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (centre) and forward Brandan Wright (34) defend at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Jan. 22, 2014. (JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI/USA Today)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

TORONTO - The night began with the biggest question appearing to be whether to boo Vince Carter again or forgive and forget.

A few minutes in the much-tougher call was whether to boo the entire Raptors squad that came out as flat as could be.

But as this Raptors team has shown on many occasions this year, it’s not how they start a game that matter.

Sure the 21-point deficit with the game not even a quarter old was tough to take, particularly given the three losses in the past four games, but perseverence has become a big part of this team’s makeup.

Even with leading scoring Dirk Nowitzki taking a night off to rest his 35-year-old body, the Raptors spent the first quarter looking like a team that wanted no part in this game.

Things turned around in the second as the Raptors closed what had been a 21-point lead to five by the half, but getting over that final hump would take a little longer.


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