Ellis, Mavericks halt Raptors' win streak

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 30 points in the final quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 106-102 victory over the Raptors to snap Toronto's six-game winning streak.

Chandler Parsons contributed 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 for the Mavericks, who have won two straight and eight of their last 10 games.

"Monta Ellis had a great game for us tonight," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "A lot of guys stepped up for us tonight. It was a big win for us."

Kyle Lowry had 25 points and Amir Johnson contributed 20 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who fell to 13-3 on the season.

"It was a tough game," Johnson said. "We fought back and had a chance down the stretch."

Toronto's leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan, exited the game early in the third quarter with a left groin strain. DeRozan, who entered Friday leading the Raptors with 20.7 points a game, was held scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting from the field.

Ellis' 3-pointer widened Dallas' lead to 97-83 with 2:21 left, but the Raptors made a furious charge and closed within 104-102 on Lowry's bank shot with 9,9 seconds remaining.

Devin Harris then sealed the outcome at the foul line for Dallas by making both attempts with 6.8 seconds left.

Lowry scored 13 points in the final quarter to help the Raptors stay close.

Toronto scored the game's first 10 points, but trailed 26-21 after 12 minutes. Dallas led 48-43 at halftime and was in front 69-54 following an Ellis 3- pointer with 3:24 left in the third.

Earlier in the period, DeRozan dribbled past Nowitzki on the right side of the lane but had his left leg slip, causing him to fall to the floor with 8:23 remaining in the frame. DeRozan was writhing in pain before eventually getting to his feet and walked off the court gingerly.

The Mavs led 71-64 going to the final quarter.

Game Notes

Nowitzki went 1-of-7 from 3-point range, but became the 23rd player in NBA history with 1,500 career triples ... Carlisle earned his 300th victory with Dallas. He joined Don Nelson (339-251) and Dick Motta (329-409) as the only other Mavs coaches to reach the mark ... Lou Williams scored 16 points for Toronto ... Dallas is 10-0 when leading after three quarters.