Mav­er­icks run into buzz saw

Rap­tors hold Dal­las 0-for-13 on 3-point­ers to end six-game skid.

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TORONTO — Dal­las Mav­er­icks coach Rick Carlisle had glow­ing praise for an old pal turned op­po­nent. He wasn’t as kind when it came to his own team.

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

“We played poorly and they played great,” Carlisle said. “I don’t know how else to sum it up. It’s as sim­ple as that.”

Not quite that sim­ple, really.

Carlisle made sure to credit Toronto coach Dwane Casey, his former as­sis­tant in Dal­las, for his ef­forts on the side­line.

“Af­ter tonight, I think it’s very, very clear that what­ever prob­lems the Rap­tors fran­chise have are com­pletely un­re­lated to coach­ing,” Carlisle said. “Dwane Casey is do­ing a great job with a ros­ter that’s beat up.”

Casey took over the Rap­tors last sea­son, but has en­dured ques­tions about his sta­tus as Toronto stum­bled to a 419 start. Still, Casey didn’t call Fri­day’s vic­tory cause for re­lief.

“We still have a lot of games to play,” he said. “We need to con­tinue with the ba­sics.”

DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon scored 14 points each for the Rap­tors, who had lost 14 of their pre­vi­ous 17 meet­ings with the Mav­er­icks.

Dal­las came in ranked as the NBA’s fifth-best 3-point shoot­ing team but en­dured a mis­er­able shoot­ing night. The Mav­er­icks 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.

“The whole team played like (garbage) tonight,” O.J. Mayo said.

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.

Casey called it one of Toronto’s best de­fen­sive ef­forts of the sea­son.

“Our guys did a good job as a whole,” Casey said.

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 Mayo added 10.

Dal­las lost 117-115 in dou­ble over­time at Bos­ton on Wed­nes­day.

“It’s frus­trat­ing,” Ka­man said.

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. He fin­ished with six turnovers, giv­ing him 15 in his past two games.

“Just got to get bet­ter,” he said. “Can’t keep turn­ing the ball over and ex­pect to help this team win.”

Kevin Du­rant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 re­bounds and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the vis­it­ing Sacra­mento Kings 113-103 on Fri­day night for their 10th straight win.

It’s the fran­chise’s long­est win­ning streak since Novem­ber 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seat­tle Su­perSon­ics.

The Kings didn’t go away eas­ily, clos­ing to 103-98 af­ter trail­ing by as many as 24 in the fourth quar­ter. Isa­iah Thomas scored all 26 of his points in the fi­nal 13½ min­utes. He had four 3-point­ers, a layup and a jumper dur­ing a 23-4 come­back at­tempt by Sacra­mento.

Thun­der coach Scott Brooks had al­ready emp­tied his bench, but ended up call­ing timeout to put starters back in and hold off the Kings.

Lak­ers 102, Wizards 96: Kobe Bryant had 30 points, and re­serve Jodie Meeks scored 24, help­ing the vis­it­ing Lak­ers beat Washington to end a four-game los­ing streak. Cartier Martin scored a sea­son-high 21 points for Washington, which fell to an NBA-worst 3-17. Af­ter his team’s 116-107 loss at the New York on Thurs­day, Bryant opined: “At this point, I wish we had the Washington Gen­er­als on our sched­ule.” In­stead, they got the Wizards, who took a 41-32 lead on Martin’s three­p­oint play with 7½ min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore the Lak­ers ral­lied.

Pac­ers 95, 76ers 85: Paul Ge­orge scored 28 points and Roy Hib­bert had 19 points and a sea­son-high 14 re­bounds to lead host In­di­ana over Philadel­phia. Ge­orge scored 14 points dur­ing a third-quar­ter flurry that changed the game. Philadel­phia played with­out guard Jrue Hol­i­day, who sat out with a sprained left foot. Evan Turner had 20 points and Spencer

Rap­tors for­ward Ed Davis (left) bat­tles for the loose ball against Mav­er­icks for­ward Chris Ka­man (cen­ter) for a loose ball on Fri­day. Ka­man scored 15 points, but called the loss ‘frus­trat­ing.’

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