Mavericks 115, Raptors 105
TORONTO (AP) _ Steve Nash, a Canadian Olympic star, had a career-high 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 of of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 115-105 Friday night.
Nash, who recieved a loud ovation before the game for leading Canada to upsets over Australia and Yugoslavia at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, shot 12-for-16 from the field and had eight assists.
Nowitzki scored nine straight points during a 19-4 Dallas run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Hubert Davis’ free throw gave Dallas an 102-86 lead with just under five minutes remaining, but Vince Carter made a spectacular alley-oop dunk and Toronto went on a 15-2 run as Carter scored 11 points, narrowing the lead 106-101 with 1:15 remaining.
Nash ended the run with layup, and Davis made a 3-pointer to give Dallas a 109-101 lead with 48 seconds left. Shawn Bradley then made two free throws to ice the victory.
Carter scored 33 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight.
Michael Finley added 20 for Dallas.
Nash scored 19 points on nine-for-nine shooting in the first half, but Toronto converted 12 turnovers into 18 points and led 62-54 at intermission.
Notes: Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis sat courtside. Lewis won a gold medal for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. ... Toronto’s Antonio Davis missed his second straight game with a strained left groin. ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was fined $250,000 Thursday for criticizing officials, sat behind the team bench. ... Dallas coach Don Nelson is recovering at a Utah hospital following surgery Thursday for prostate cancer. Nelson will likely be released in 3-5 days and plans to recuperate in Maui, Hawaii. Nelson’s son Donn is the acting head coach. ... Finley has played in 413 straight games. In his sixth season, Finley has never missed a game. ... Nash had five turnovers in the first half. ... Dallas made five 3-pointers in the third.