DeRozan helps Raptors edge Mavericks 103-99
TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 20 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 103-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Toronto, which swept the two-game season series against Dallas. Terrence Ross scored 16 points, and Luis Scola finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Raptors appeared to be on their way to a comfortable victory with five minutes to go in the fourth. But the Mavericks battled back.
Jeremy Evans scored with 11.6 seconds remaining to trim Toronto's lead to 101-99, but missed a foul shot that would have got Dallas within one. Ross then closed it out with a couple of free throws.
Biyombo also had nine points and blocked two shots. DeRozan was 10 for 17 from the floor.
Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 20 points and seven rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 15 points before a sellout crowd at Air Canada Centre.
Nowitzki hit a 26-foot 3-pointer to cut the Raptors' lead to three points in the second minute of the fourth.
But Toronto responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes. The Raptors hit four 3s during that key stretch, including a pair by Cory Joseph on consecutive trips up the court followed by another from Ross.
The Raptors, who led by as many 18 points in the first quarter, carried a 72-67 lead into the fourth after the Mavericks outscored them 31-23 in the third period.
Mavericks: G Deron Williams left with a strained left hamstring in the third quarter and did not return. … The Mavericks dropped to 4-10 when they score under 100 points.
Raptors: F James Johnson sprained his left ankle in warmups and did not dress. … Ross has scored in double digits for a season-high five straight games. … F Patrick Patterson left with flu-like symptoms after playing eight minutes in the first half.
Mavericks: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Raptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.