Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Wednesday, December 17th
Mavericks96Final
Raptors86
Game 2: Sunday, March 1st
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Mavericks109

Raptors 98

(23-38, 11-22 away)

Mavericks 109

(36-23, 22-8 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    9:00 PM ET, March 1, 2009

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 29 22 2398
    DAL 27 33 30 19109

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kidd is fourth player with 10,000 assists; Nowitzki has double-double in win

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- Jason Kidd has forged a reputation as one of the NBA's premier passers during his 14 seasons. The Dallas point guard has the numbers to prove it.

    Kidd handed out 15 assists to become the fourth player in NBA history with 10,000 for his career, Dirk Nowitzki added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 109-98 on Sunday night.

    Kidd reached the milestone with 1:04 left in the third quarter with his 13th assist of the night, passing to Brandon Bass for a 10-foot turnaround. Kidd received a standing ovation when the feat was announced to the sellout crowd.

    Fast Facts

    • Jason Kidd registered 15 assists and became the fourth player in NBA history to dish out 10,000 assists (he finished the day with 10,002 assists).

    • The Mavericks have now won nine straight times at home against the Raptors.

    • The Raptors lost for the fourth time in their last six games despite Chris Bosh's game-high 28 points.

    • Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Mavs, just his second game with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. By comparison, he had 17 such games in his MVP season of 2006-07.

    -- ESPN research

    "It means a lot of my teammates put the ball in the basket over the years," Kidd said. "It's nothing I ever thought I'd accomplish when I started out."

    He trails John Stockton (15,806), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Magic Johnson (10,141) on the NBA career list.

    In the final minute of the third quarter, Kidd registered his 14th assist when he passed to Jason Terry for a 3-pointer that gave Dallas a 90-75 advantage. Dallas went on to lead by as many as 18 in the final quarter and won its third straight.

    "It's nice to be a part of it," Nowitzki said of Kidd's big night.

    Josh Howard contributed 16 points and Antoine Wright added 15 for Dallas. James Singleton had a career-high 16 rebounds and scored 12 points.

    Former Dallas high school star Chris Bosh paced the Raptors with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani added 18 points for Toronto.

    The Raptors were unable to get closer than 10 in the final quarter, losing for the 10th time in 14 games.

    "Sometimes we get down eight or 10 points and hang our heads," Bosh said. "This is the NBA. A 10-point lead can disappear in a matter of minutes. We have to keep that in mind."

    Terry, out since last month with a broken bone in his left hand, returned after missing eight games. He went 3-for-9 from the field and finished with eight points in 19 minutes.

    Terry, who began the day as Dallas' No. 2 scorer at 19.9 points per game, entered to a standing ovation with 3:31 left in the first quarter. He sustained the injury in a game against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 7, and scored his first points since on an 18-footer with 9:41 left in the second quarter.

    "It felt great to be back," Terry said. "I thought my conditioning would be the part that I had to worry about, but I think I did a great job of staying in shape."

    The Mavericks hit eight of their first 10 field goal attempts and were in front after the opening quarter, 27-24. Dallas built a 60-53 halftime lead behind Wright's 14 points, going 23-for-42 from the field as a team.

    Raptors starter Shawn Marion, who averaged 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in five games since he was acquired from Miami in a trade on Feb. 13, left in the first quarter with flu-like symptoms. He missed Sunday morning's shootaround but was among the starters.

    Marion went to the locker room for treatment that included an IV and never returned.

    Toronto coach Jay Triano said his team especially missed Marion's rebounding. Dallas held a 57-45 edge, 20-15 on the offensive glass.

    "Too many second-chance points," Triano said. "We'd get a stop but couldn't rebound the ball. Shawn is one of the guys who tracks the ball for us and we certainly didn't do that."

    Game notes


    Terry played with a protective glove on his left, non-shooting hand. Dallas was 5-3 in his absence. ... Dallas opened a stretch of five games in seven days. ... The Mavericks have won the last nine games at home against the Raptors. Toronto hasn't won in Dallas since 1999. ... Mavericks G Jose Barea left in the second quarter with two broken teeth but returned in the fourth quarter. Barea was trying to steal the ball from Jose Calderon in the backcourt when he fell, striking his face on the floor. He went to the locker room for treatment, then returned to the bench for the final minute of the first half. Barea has a dental appointment in Dallas on Monday morning, then will fly to Oklahoma City for the Mavs' game against the Thunder on Monday night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    DAL
    Points 98 109
    FGM-FGA 34-91 (.374) 41-93 (.441)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 7-23 (.304)
    FTM-FTA 27-29 (.931) 20-24 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 20-57
    Assists 16 28
    Turnovers 11 15
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 7 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 23 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 4 18

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Dallas
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 28
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1