Toronto finally beats Dallas

Associated Press
Toronto Raptors forward Jamario Moon (back) strips the ball as Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, drives to the hoop past Raptors forward Kris Humphries (43) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday Dec. 12, 2007.

TORONTO --- Kris Humphries had 16 points and 12 rebounds, former Georgia Tech standout Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Toronto beat Dallas 92-76 on Wednesday night for the Raptors' first win over the Mavericks in more than four years.


Toronto won its third game in a row and ended an eight-game slump against the Mavericks, whose 76 points were a season low.

The Raptors' last win over the Mavericks was a 77-71 victory on Nov. 6, 2003.

Jason Terry had 21 points for Dallas, while Josh Howard added 19.

Toronto almost ended its losing streak earlier this year, but Dallas overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Toronto 105-99 on Nov. 20, the Mavericks' largest comeback for a regulation win.

Howard left after being poked in the eye early in the fourth quarter and did not return.

One game after scoring a season-high 36 points, Dirk Nowitzki had only 13 points, shooting 6-for-15.

Leading 21-17 after the first, Toronto outscored Dallas 15-2 in the first four minutes of the second. The Raptors led 54-36 at the half.

Dallas guard Eddie Jones was assessed a flagrant foul for hauling down Toronto's Darrick Martin on a breakaway late in the third.

It was the second night in a row a Toronto point guard was the victim of a flagrant foul.

T.J. Ford left Tuesday's victory at Atlanta on a stretcher after his head struck the floor when he was knocked down by Atlanta rookie Al Horford. Ford had to be carried off the court in a stretcher.

Ford, who spent the night in an Atlanta hospital before flying home to Toronto on Wednesday afternoon, received a loud ovation when he walked out to the Raptors' bench during a second quarter time out.



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