On Dec. 20, the Dallas Mavericks had a 19-point lead against the Toronto Raptors at home only to lose the lead and the game; the Mavs fell to the Raptors in overtime 109-108. This isn’t the only time the Mavs have blown a big lead to an opponent this season. Last week, they had a 17-point lead over the Los Angeles Clippers with less than five minutes to play. The Clippers went on a 23-4 run to finish the game and defeat the Mavs.
Fast forward to Wednesday night and the Mavs visited Toronto. This time, the Mavs were able to jump out to a 21-point lead against the Raptors. Once again though, the Mavs couldn’t hold the lead. Just like the first meeting, the Raptors defeated the Mavs. Dallas scored 34 points in the first quarter of the game, too. However, they only managed 51 points for the next three quarters combined.
This is becoming a real problem for the Mavs. After last week’s collapse against the Clippers, the Mavs almost blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Against Toronto, Dirk Nowitzki missed the game so he could rest. The Mavs built a lead without him and they blew it without him as well.
This team keeps talking about trying to make it to the playoffs and trying to get better than they were last year. However, they are going to have to fix this if they want to make it back there. They cannot keep blowing double-digit leads to teams below .500 and expect to be taken serious in the playoffs.