Kidd, Nowitzki lead Mavericks over Raptors

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

Kidd reached the milestone with 1:04 left in the third quarter when he handed out his 13th 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.

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 of the night 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.

Josh Howard had 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.

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.

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.


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