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 Raptors.

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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.

Dirk Nowitzki, 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 groin injury.

"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."

Morris Peterson 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."

Jason Terry 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."