Kleiza leads Raptors over Mavericks

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 03:00 hrs

Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, rookie Terrence Ross had 18 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-74 on Friday night, snapping a six-game losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon had 14 points each for the Raptors, who had lost 14 of their previous 17 meetings with the Mavericks, who came in ranked as the NBA's fifth-best 3-point shooting team and endured a miserable shooting night.

Dallas went 0 for 13 from 3-point range, coming up empty for the first time since February 1999. Their stretch of 1,108 games had been the longest active streak in the NBA.

Derek Fisher was credited with a 3-pointer at 9:09 of the fourth, but the basket was later changed to a 2 after video review.

The Raptors had lost 12 of 13 and were again without Andrea Bargnani (right elbow) and Kyle Lowry (right shoulder). But thanks to some impressive long range shooting, that didn't matter.

Kleiza had five 3-pointers, four in the final quarter, as Toronto matched its season high with the 12 3s. The Raptors made 12 3-pointers in a Nov. 10 loss to Philadelphia.

Shawn Marion had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost their second straight and dropped below .500 at 11-12. Chris Kaman scored 15 points and O.J. Mayo added 10 for the Mavericks.

Mayo, Dallas' leading scorer this season, didn't make his first field goal until a driving hook shot with 1:08 left in the third.

Kleiza made consecutive 3s to begin the fourth and Lucas followed with a fast break layup, putting Toronto up 77-55 with 9:26 left.

Dallas held a 25-24 lead after the first quarter but Toronto took the lead in the second, starting the period on a 17-6 run fueled by 11 points from Ross. Kleiza added eight points as the Raptors led 54-41 at halftime.

DeRozan and Mickael Pietrus made consecutive 3-pointers and Pietrus added a three-point play to put the Raptors up 66-45 with 7:14 left in the third. Dallas scored eight straight points before Calderon stopped the run with a 3, snapping Toronto's 5:27 scoreless streak. The Raptors led 69-55 heading to the fourth.

NOTES: The last time the Mavericks failed to make at least one 3-pointer was a Feb 26, 1999 loss to Utah that saw them go 0 for 8 from beyond the arc. ... Dallas F Jae Crowder (illness) dressed but did not play. ... F Amir Johnson returned to Toronto's lineup after missing Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn while serving a one-game suspension. Swingman Alan Anderson was back after missing 17 games with a sore left foot, while Kleiza returned after sitting out two games with a sore right knee. ... Buffalo Bills receivers Donald Jones and Steve Johnson attended the game. The Bills host the Seattle Seahawks in Toronto on Sunday.

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