DALLAS, March 7 (Ticker) --
With their top three scorers on the bench in
street clothes, the Dallas Mavericks turned to Marquis Daniels
fill the void.
Daniels scored a season-high 32 points as the Mavericks broke a
three-game losing streak with a 113-105 victory over the Toronto
NBA TV highlights from |
Dallas swept the season series and stayed in fourth place in the
Western Conference while Toronto fell 4 1/2 games behind the
Indiana Pacers for the final playoff spot in the East.
, the league's third-leading scorer, again sat out
with a sore left knee, joining Michael Finley
, who has a left
calf contusion, and Jerry Stackhouse
, who has a nagging right
"We were just trying come in and stop the bleeding," Daniels
said. "Everybody had to put a great effort forward. We got
great play from the starting five. Alan Henderson
came in and
gave us great play off the bench. Guys did good tonight."
Holding on to a 73-72 lead late in the third quarter, Dallas
scored the next nine points, highlighted by consecutive layups
by Josh Howard
and a jumper by Jason Terry, to extend the
advantage to 82-72 with 1:58 to go.
"We know how to work together," Howard said. "Me and Marquis
have been playing together for two years now, so we know each
other's game. It's just feeling everyone else out."
Howard nailed a 3-pointer to open the scoring for Dallas in the
fourth and Daniels scored 10 of his team's next 12 points,
giving the Mavericks a 99-84 edge with 6:18 remaining.
"We focused on getting out and getting some easy baskets using
our athleticism," Daniels said. "It helped open up some plays
for us. Our athleticism took over."
"Those two come to play every night," Terry said. "They play
hard. They play aggressive and they play smart. Going into the
playoffs, they are a key for us. They're our energy guys."
and Milt Palacio
combined to score 11 points for
Toronto during a 13-2 run that cut the margin to 103-99 with
1:34 to go, but Daniels buried a jumper as the shot clock
expired with 1:08 left.
"When guys get going like Howard and Daniels did and JT got
going a little later, it's tough," Palacio said. "It's hard to
cover their shots from the perimeter."
scored 23 points and Howard had 22 for the Mavericks, who
shot 51 percent (46-of-90). Keith Van Horn
added 15 of his 19
points in the first half in his best game since Dallas acquired
him from the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade on February 24.
"I'm just getting used to playing basketball the way Nellie
(Mavericks coach Don Nelson
) likes to play," Van Horn said. "He
allows me the freedom to push the ball up the court and make
plays, which I haven't really done in a few years. It's a good
process and I'm coming along."
Peterson led six Raptors in double figures with 23 points and
Palacio came off the bench to add a season-high 19.
"I told myself, 'I'm just going to go out there and play. I'm
not going to worry about trying to score. I'm just going to let
the game come to me,'" Peterson said. "I thought I attacked
the basket a little more and got some calls."
Despite shooting 52 percent (40-of-77) from the floor and
matching Dallas with 38 rebounds, the Raptors committed 17
turnovers and fell to 7-24 on the road.
"We had no answer for them tonight," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell
said. "We switched guys. We played zone. But they penetrated
our zone and beat us off the dribble. We needed some more
defense. No one guarded anyone tonight."