Bosh's League-Best 29th Double-Double Leads Raptors Over Mavericks

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Bosh's League-Best 29th Double-Double Leads Raptors Over Mavericks

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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh had team highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors took a 110-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Air Canada Centre.

Bosh re-took the NBA lead in double-doubles, recording his 29th for the Raptors to break a tie with Orlando's Dwight Howard. Andrea Bargnani scored 22 with six boards for Toronto, which has won two in a row and got a rare win over Dallas, which had won 11 of the previous 12 meetings.

"It was a big win for us, defending our home court," Bosh said. "We've got to start beating good teams, especially here. Winning the big games is the only way to move up in the standings."

Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pace the Mavericks, who have dropped three of four. Jason Terry added 18 points, while Jason Kidd had 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the loss.

"There was no smiling or jumping in this locker room," Terry said. "It was embarrassing. We wanted to get off to a good start on this [five-game] road trip, now we're behind. It sure looked like Toronto wanted it more than we did."

Dallas held a 23-20 lead after the first quarter, though Toronto went in front shortly into the second. Amir Johnson capped a six-point burst with a jumper for a 28-25 lead, and the game remained tight for the next several minutes.

But an eight-point Raptors run, which Bosh ended with five points, pushed the advantage to 43-33 with 3:45 to play. Toronto then scored nine of the final 11 points of the half to take a 54-41 lead into the break.

Dallas made nine of its 16 field goal attempts in the third quarter, but Toronto stayed ahead by shooting 11-of-21. Bargnani poured in 11 points in the frame to help keep the Raptors in front, as they were up 84-68 moving to the fourth.

Approaching the middle of the final quarter, the Raptors ran off eight points in a row to put the game away. Jose Calderon ended the run with a jumper to make it a 95-75 game, and Toronto's lead reached as many as 26 on the way to the win.

The 22-point margin of victory is Toronto's largest-ever against Dallas...The Raptors improved to 14-0 when holding opponents under 100 points...The teams split the two-game season series. Since the 2000-01 season, the Raptors have beaten the Mavs only four times...Toronto reached the mid-point of its season at 21-20.

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