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Nowitzki scores 31, Mavericks beat Raptors 114-96

Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Shawn Marion scored 20 points and the Dallas Mavericks won their sixth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 114-96 on Sunday.

Jason Terry scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who have won 16 of 17, including nine of 10 on the road. Dallas came in having lost two straight against the Raptors, but won for the 12th in 15 meetings.

Ian Mahinmi scored 13 points, and Jose Barea had 12 points and nine assists for Dallas.

Amir Johnson scored 21 points and DeMar DeRozan had 19 for Toronto, which has lost seven of 10 and 20 of 23. Jose Calderon added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Toronto was without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani (flulike symptoms), while Joey Dorsey (back spasms) missed his third straight game. Ed Davis started in Bargnani's place.

The Raptors led by as many as 19 in the first quarter but were unable to maintain that early edge, getting outscored 64-39 in the second half.

Dallas led 75-72 to begin the fourth before blowing the game open with a 12-2 run, including five points each from Nowitzki and Terry.

Toronto made 10 of its first 11 shots and opened a 22-3 lead midway through the opening quarter, while Dallas missed 11 of its first 13 attempts. But the Mavericks closed the gap and a 3 from Terry trimmed the deficit to 30-24 after one.

Nowitzki scored 16 points in the second but the Mavericks couldn't get any closer, and Toronto took a 57-50 lead into the half.

Dallas opened the third with a 15-4 run, and a slam dunk by Marion with 6:42 left in the quarter put the Mavericks ahead 62-61, their first lead since scoring the game's opening basket. The Mavericks never trailed again.

NOTES: Raptors forward Reggie Evans, out since Nov. 26 with a broken bone in his right foot, took part in his first full practice Saturday but is not yet ready to return. ... Dallas starters scored just five points in the first quarter. ... Nowitzki was the only Dallas starter to score in double figures.

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