Martin not short with shot 

December, 7, 2006
12/07/06
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What makes a blowout compelling viewing? Even a blowout in which Dirk Nowitzki doesn't play after the first quarter because of an eye injury? Toronto's run of 629 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer, that's what.

The streak -- now in its eighth season -- nearly perished in the Raps' 117-98 loss in Dallas, livening up fourth-quarter garbage time more than you can imagine. You couldn't help trying to will the Raps from press row to hoist indiscriminate triples to preserve the streak. The subliminal messages, though, apparently weren't getting through because the Raps attempted only one 3 in the fourth quarter ... until Darrick Martin started dribbling out the final few seconds of the clock from the right wing.

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