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Daniels steps up with 32; Terry adds 23 in win

DALLAS (AP) -- With Dirk Nowitzki and two other starters out, the
Dallas Mavericks needed some of their role players to fill the
void.

Keith Van Horn, subbing for Nowitzki, responded with 19 points
and Marquis Daniels scored a season-high 32 to help the Mavericks
beat the Toronto Raptors 113-105 on Monday night.

Josh Howard had 22 points, eight rebounds and five steals, and
Alan Henderson contributed nine points and 11 rebounds for the
Mavericks, who snapped a season-long three-game losing streak.

Nowitzki, averaging 26.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, missed his
second straight game because of a bruised left knee.

Dallas starters Michael Finley (bruised calf) and Erick Dampier
(stress fracture, foot) also were out along with sixth-man Jerry
Stackhouse (groin injury). The Mavericks had only nine players in
uniform.

"We had to have it tonight," said Mavs guard Jason Terry, who
scored 23 points. "Everybody stepped up and made plays. Our big
guys were out so we needed it from everyone. Marquis and Josh
really played well in the fourth."

Van Horn went 8-for-13 from the floor in his second start for
Dallas since being acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks on
Feb. 24. He had 15 points at the half.

"This was the best I've felt since I've been here," said Van
Horn, who shot 37 percent from the field in his first five games
for Dallas. "I was more active on both ends. But I had to because
when you're missing All-Stars, somebody has to step up."

The Mavericks began the fourth quarter with an 11-5 spurt,
capped by Daniels' 15-footer with 7:35 left that gave Dallas a
95-81 advantage.

Toronto got as close as 103-99 on Milt Palacio's basket with
1:35 to go.

But Daniels hit a 15-footer with 1:09 left and had a steal on
Toronto's next possession to close out the Raptors.

Coach Don Nelson called plays down the stretch to get shots for
Daniels.

"I think (Nelson) is really trying to build my confidence
because I haven't been playing that well," Daniels said. "But I
got a lot of opportunities tonight and everything just clicked."

In the second half, Nelson made extensive use of a small lineup
that included the 6-foot-9 Henderson at center.

Morris Peterson scored 23 points, and Palacio had a season-high
19 for Raptors, who had won four of their previous six.

Dallas native Chris Bosh had only 13 points for the Raptors
after scoring 33 in Sunday's victory at New Orleans.

"They did a good job of doubling and getting the ball out of my
hands," Bosh said. "I struggled all night. But I've got to give
them credit. They're quick and they made shots. That's always tough
to beat."

The Mavericks ended the third quarter with an 11-4 run to take
an 84-76 edge into the final quarter. Dallas was in front by as
many as 15 in the second quarter and held a 57-53 halftime lead.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said the difference in the game was
the quickness and speed of Dallas' young players.

"We've got to give them credit," Mitchell said. "They were
short-handed but we had no answer for their athleticism. They had
54 points in the paint, but all of those points were putbacks and
layups."

Game notes
Peterson left the game briefly in the second half because
of a cut on his head that required stitches to close. ... Referee
Jimmy Clark needed medical attention in the second quarter after
colliding with Toronto's Rafer Alston. Clark was sprinting upcourt
to get into position on a fast break when he ran into Alston,
bumping his head on Alston's elbow. Clark was down for several
minutes before going to the locker room for treatment while the
game went on with two referees. Clark was back on the court about 4
minutes later. Alston was uninjured. ... Nowitzki and Finley are
expected to return Thursday night for a home game against the Los
Angeles Lakers. Stackhouse is expected to be placed on the injured
list.