DeRozan, Raptors get OT win over Mavs, Calderon

DeMar DeRozan showed lots of love for former teammate and mentor

Jose Calderon before Toronto played in Dallas.

Then the pupil one-upped his old teacher in the game.

DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a

wild shot while getting fouled in overtime Friday night, and the

Raptors overcame a season high in points from Calderon to beat the

Mavericks 109-108.

Toronto trailed 108-107 after a 3-pointer by Calderon when

DeRozan’s pump-fake got Brandan Wright and Shawn Marion in the air.

DeRozan threw up a shot as he was bumped and it went in for the

final points with 1:11 remaining.

Kyle Lowry led six players in double figures with 20 points for

the Raptors, who lost to Charlotte in overtime two nights earlier

and were 0-3 in OT this season.

”We understand what not to do from the previous one,” said

DeRozan, who led the Raptors with nine assists.

Calderon led Dallas with 23 points, including 11 to go along

with three of his nine assists in the fourth quarter, and was 7 of

10 from long range.

”That’s just Jose, man,” DeRozan said. ”Jose seems like every

time the ball leaves his hand the ball’s going in.”

But not on the possession after DeRozan’s go-ahead basket.

Down by a point, the Mavericks missed three times in one trip in

the final minute when Nowitzki misfired from 3-point range and

Calderon was off target after the rebound bounced back to him

beyond the arc.

With a chance to reset, the Mavericks got the ball to Nowitzki

again, but he missed a fadeaway jumper from the baseline. Nowitzki

scored 22, but missed his last six shots to finish 10 of 22 from

the field.

”You know it’s going to be one shot, one stop, and I think we

did the right things,” said Calderon, who spent most of his first

eight years in Toronto before a midseason trade to Detroit last

January. ”But we couldn’t make the last shot.”

DeRozan missed the free throw after his circus shot, but the

Mavericks were off target on their last four, including a runner in

the final seconds by Monta Ellis, who had 21 points and a

season-high 11 assists.

Toronto had its biggest lead at 89-81 when Calderon scored 11

straight Dallas points to get the Mavericks to 93-92. Calderon then

drove and zipped a pass to Nowitzki for a 3-pointer to put Dallas

in front 95-93.

Calderon also assisted on Marion’s go-ahead basket with 20.9

seconds left, but DeRozan got Toronto even at 101-all with a tough

jumper over Marion just 4 seconds later.

Nowitzki missed a turnaround jumper with Amir Johnson defending

just before the buzzer to end regulation, which included a 14-1 run

by Dallas for a 41-22 lead followed by a 27-6 Toronto burst that

put the Raptors in front 49-47 in the final minute of the first

half.

”It’s a PG rated show and I can’t really say it,” Toronto

coach Dwane Casey of his first-half message to his team in the

building where he was an assistant to Dallas coach Rick Carlisle

for three seasons. ”Guys responded. They hit us with a haymaker,

and I’m proud at the way our guys fought back.”

Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds,

including a sequence where he rebounded his own miss twice and

eventually scored for a 93-89 lead.

Johnson and Terrence Ross scored 15 apiece for the Raptors, who

started the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run. Greivis Vasquez had

eight of his 14 points during the spurt, including a pair of

3-pointers on assists from DeRozan, who also hit a shot from long

range.

Ellis inbounded to Nowitzki with 2.9 seconds left in the third

quarter, sped around Nowitzki as he got the ball back and hit a

high-arching finger roll layup just before the buzzer to put the

Mavericks up 81-78.

The Mavericks had to fly to Phoenix after the game for their

eighth back-to-back of the season and third game in four nights

after they had a three-day break between a pair of home games.

”It went wrong in the first half,” Carlisle said. ”They

chewed into the lead very quickly. It’s hard to build a 19-point

lead in this league.”

Marion scored 14 points and matched Nowitzki with a team-high

nine rebounds.

NOTES: Mavericks G Devin Harris is now targeting a January

return after a setback in his recovery from offseason toe surgery

on his left foot. He has stopped basketball activities because of

swelling. … Nowitzki needs 35 points to pass Alex English for

13th on the NBA’s scoring list.