Dallas Mavericks cold as ice, lose big in Toronto

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TORONTO -- Friday night is what classifies as a lost night in Canada for the Dallas Mavericks.

If it could go wrong for the Mavs at Air Canada Centre, it went wrong. And then some.

This was a debacle at its worst for the Mavs, who got hammered 95-74 by the second-worst team in the NBA and fell to 11-12 on the season.

Dallas, suffering its fifth loss this season by 20 or more points, is 0-2 on a road trip that concludes at 7 tonight in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.

This was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Mavs. And it came from nowhere in a game that started so promising.

After the first quarter, the Mavs played as if they had collected their bags and were headed to the airport to get through customs. The Mavs led 25-24 after the first period, but then were outscored by an embarrassing 71-49 over the last three quarters.

"They played great and we played poorly, and they had a lot to do with us playing poorly," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "After tonight, I think it's very, very clear that whatever problems the Raptors' franchise has are completely unrelated to coaching, because [Raptors coach] Dwane Casey is doing a great job with a roster that's beat up.

"I've just got so much respect for him. I thought it was an extremely well-coached game by him and we didn't match what they put out on the floor."

Casey apparently has been feeling some heat since the Raptors entered Friday's game losers in 12 of their past 13 games, including losses in their last six games. But Toronto looked like world-beaters against the Mavs, who shot just 39.1 percent from the field and turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 26 points for Toronto.

It mattered not that the Raptors played without two of their top three players -- Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry, both who are injured. That didn't affect them at all, as Toronto just kept doing whatever it wanted to until its lead swelled to as much as 29 points (92-63) with 4:10 left in the game.

"I think we got our butts kicked from a team that was a better team tonight, clearly," Carlisle said. "Our energy just wasn't where it needed to be early, and they had great energy, and so it was a multiplying effect against us."

To add insult to injury, the Mavs saw their NBA-high streak of making at least one 3-pointer in a game end at 1,108 games. The Mavs were 0-for-13 from 3-point range as the Raptors looked extremely solid on defense.

"We're a good shooting team," said O.J. Mayo, who scored just 10 points and missed his four 3-point attempts. "We've got to look at what they took away from us and make sure we have some counters next time."

Chris Kaman and Brandan Wright combined to score 28 points and convert 13 of 24 baskets for Dallas. But the rest of the Mavs combined to score just 46 points and were only 14 of 45 from the field.

"We didn't play the way we're capable of playing," Mayo said.

Shawn Marion scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Mavs, and now has more than 9,000 rebounds for his career.

Meanwhile, Vince Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1998-2004, was booed every time he touched the ball and finished with only four points on 1-of-8 shooting.

"That don't bother me," Carter said of the booing. "I didn't really expect anything less."

The Mavs, though, certainly expected more from everyone who played a role in the wheels falling completely off against the lowly Raptors.

"I'm [upset]," Marion said. "Y'all been around me long enough -- I hate losing."

The Mavs hope to regroup and salvage this road trip tonight in Minnesota.

"We played poorly and they played great," Carlisle said. "I don't know how else to sum it up.

"Tonight's over and we've got to get out of here, get through customs somehow, make sure that everybody's legal in getting out of the country and we've got to get ready for a game tomorrow."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

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