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4 takeaways from the Toronto Raptors win over the Dallas Mavericks

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Kawhi Leonard (NBA Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 116-107 on Friday.

They came out firing to start the game but let up in the third quarter, allowing Dallas to make things interesting. Lorenzo Brown's big fourth quarter sparked the Raptors, securing the victory to advance to a league-best 6-0.

Here are the four takeaways from Toronto's win...

First 6-0 start in franchise history

After Wednesday's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto tied their franchise record for best start to a season at 5-0, matching the 2015-16 Raptors squad.

Friday's victory put them at 6-0 for the first time in the franchise's 24-year history.

Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard have been incredible thus far and new head coach Nick Nurse has the team playing as well as he could ask for as they currently lead the NBA in wins.

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Another game, another hot start

NBA.com's Carlan Gay credited some of the Raptors' early success this season to hot starts in the first quarter, and this game was no different.

The Raptors jumped out to as much as an 18-2 start to the contest, suffocating the Mavericks on defense and scoring with ease in transition. They led 39-26 after the first quarter, increasing their first quarter differential to plus-27 through the first six games of the season. They're outscoring their opponents 166-139 in the first frame.

They shot the ball well out of the gate at 54.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from deep. Danny Green helped with both of those numbers by scoring 12 points and making three of his four attempts from beyond the arc.

As for the Mavericks, their offensive struggles came from 39.1 percent shooting from the field and 22.2 percent shooting from distance.

Kawhi's been great, but lets talk about Kyle

Because of how phenomenal Kawhi Leonard has been in his first six games as a Raptor, it's easy to miss how great Kyle Lowry has been.

After posting 20 points and 12 assists on Friday, he has four consecutive games with a double-double. He's averaging a league-best 10.3 assists per game and has 19.8 points per game to go with it. He's been incredibly efficient, too, shooting 57.5 percent from the field and a ridiculous 52.7 percent from beyond the arc, making 19 of his 36 attempts.

Toronto is plus-75 when he's on the floor this season. If he continues to play at this level, this Raptors team could exceed all preseason expectations - if they haven't already.

Luka Doncic is for real

In 35 minutes of play, Doncic posted 22 points, five rebounds and four assists on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. He knocked down four of his six 3-point attempts with two of them sparking the Mavericks' run in the third quarter to bring them back into the ball game.

Whether it was the Mavs' ice cold start, immense defensive pressure from Kawhi or their hot third quarter, Doncic's confidence and swagger never waivered. His poise isn't just great for a rookie but for any professional basketball player, and it's clear that Dallas has a future star in the NBA in their 2018 first-round pick.

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