DeRozan has 29, Raptors win 11th straight, beat Mavs 122-115

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DeRozan has 29, Raptors win 11th straight, beat Mavs 122-115
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan reacts during first half NBA basketball action against the Dallas Stars in Toronto on Friday March 16, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, extending their season-best run to 11 by beating the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night.

DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors won for the 18th time in 19 games. Kyle Lowry got the night off to rest as the Raptors played the second game of the back-to-back.

Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet each scored 14 points, helping Toronto improved to an NBA-best 29-5 at home.

Dallas had won three of four. Harrison Barnes scored 27 points for the Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 and J.J. Barea 18.

Up 84-78 to begin the fourth, Dallas stretched its lead to 101-93 on a jump shot by Barnes with 5:43 remaining, but four points from DeRozan cut it to 101-97 with 4:32 left.

Toronto kept coming, pulling within two on a pair of free throws by DeRozan and, after a Dallas turnover, tying it at 106 on DeRozan’s jumper with 1:15 to go in regulation.

Each team turned the ball over before Barnes missed a jumper with 24 seconds left and VanVleet grabbed the rebound. After a timeout, DeRozan let the clock wind down before driving and kicking to Ibaka, who missed a potential game-winning shot. DeRozan also missed before the buzzer, sending it to overtime.

VanVleet and Dallas’ Dwight Powell each made a 3 in overtime before DeRozan drove for the tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left.

Valanciunas sealed it by making five of six at the free-throw line in the final 10 seconds.

Toronto also extended its franchise-record streak of games with 100 or more points to 22.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Five of Dallas’ 12 turnovers came in the fourth quarter. … C Salah Mejri (strained right hamstring) missed his third straight game and will not play Saturday at Brooklyn.

Raptors: F OG Anunoby returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous eight games because of a sprained right ankle. … F Norman Powell (sprained left ankle) missed his second straight game … Wright started in Lowry’s place. … Toronto signed F Nigel Hayes to a second 10-day contract.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Brooklyn on Saturday night. Dallas has won three straight road games in the series.

Raptors: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon. Toronto has lost two straight to the Thunder.

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