The Toronto Raptors finished their west coast trip with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors ran out of gas, falling just short to a tough Dallas Mavericks team led by Luka Doncic.

Here are my three main takeaways from this game.

Doncic Dominates 

After Luka Doncic scored 14 points in the first quarter, the Raptors held him to just 1-7 from the field the rest of the way. However, Doncic’s dominates came from the free throw line going 15-19. He became the first member of the Mavericks to have 19 or more free throw attempts since Dirk Nowitzki. Doncic finished this game with an impressive stat line of 26 points, 15-19 free throws, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

Siakam Struggles 

Unlike Doncic, Siakam struggled to find his groove in this one. Siakam had a rare off-night scoring just 15 points on 6-for-24 shooting. He also had trouble with his ball control, turning the ball over 5 times. Pascal Siakam once again logged heavy action, playing a team-high 41 minutes so you have to think fatigue was the main reason for his poor performance. Maxi Kleber also did a great job guarding Siakam all night.

Powell’s Production 

Norman Powell had another solid showing putting up 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Prior to this road trip Norman Powell had struggled mightily, but broke out scoring double-figures in four of the Raptors’ five games. If the Raptors want to be a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, they need Powell to consistently produce at a high level.

The Raptors silenced many critics during this west coast road trip coming away with a 3-2 record. Their 3 wins came against the uprising New Orleans Pelicans, the Western Conference leading Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers who always show up at home. In their two loses, they pushed Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers down to the wire and had a good chance to win in Dallas late in the 4th quarter. Despite missing Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Patrick McCaw, the Raptors didn’t give an inch and fought hard in every game.

The Raptors (8-4) will return home on Monday night as they host the Charlotte Hornets. Be sure to check out The Luca Rosano Show this week on SoundCloud, iTunes and YouTube.