On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors trailed the Dallas Mavericks by 23 points entering the fourth quarter. That was a large enough margin for the Mavericks to have a 99.9 percent chance of winning the game.
What happened next was historic.
Led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, the Raptors outscored the Mavericks 47-21 to complete the largest comeback in franchise history.
The Mavericks led by as many as 30 points, making it the first 30-point comeback the NBA has seen in over a decade.
"He was unbelievable," Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said about Lowry's fourth quarter. "And he really didn't have a good game going until that point. He started firing and making and driving and and-one-ing. He was doing it all. I'm not sure I've seen anything like it."
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Lowry wasn't alone, of course. While he carried the team on offence, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher, Terence Davis and Malcolm Miller set the tone defensively with a full-court press Nurse unleashed on the Mavericks.
Lowry was quick to deflect the credit to the four of them for sparking the run after the game.
"Rondae, Terence Davis, Chris Boucher, Malcolm Miller came in and gave us an unbelievably crazy lift," Lowry said. "Nick put that press in we did against Philly and we just kept going and going.
"Congrats to those four guys. That was unbelievable."
Lowry doubled down on it when speaking to the media in the locker room.
The first thing Lowry said to us post-game: he credited his young teammates.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 23, 2019
"I didn't do it. We had a great team effort. Malcolm, Terence Davis, Rondae and Chris Boucher - I give them all the credit. They won that game for us... Give those guys the credit, man. Seriously."
With the win, the Raptors improve to 21-8 on the season, tying them with the Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Raptors will be back in action on Monday when they take on the Indiana Pacers.
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