The Mavs started out Sunday's early evening game in Toronto as if they'd played the night before in a different city. That's because they did.
But a 19-point first-quarter deficit was just a bump in the road for the Mavericks, who wound up leading by as many as 23 points before putting away the Raptors, 114-96.
Dallas was able to slice the early deficit to seven by halftime then ran away in the third quarter.
"We got some consistency with our defense and we became a lot more efficient with the ball in the second half," coach Rick Carlisle said.
The second-half surge was keyed by the bench, especially Shawn Marion, who started the third quarter.
"I thought one of the real keys to the game was Marion starting the third quarter ... and he had a tremendous all-around third quarter for us," Carlisle said. "I thought that energized our team and it got us the lead."
Marion finished with 20 points, second on the team behind Dirk Nowitzki's 31, and six rebounds. His dunk with 6:42 left in the third gave the Mavs a 62-61 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
"We depend a lot on our bench to produce for us, to give us energy, to give us defense," Carlisle said.
The bench gave the Mavs all that and more Sunday, with 64 points. Jason Terry was right behind Marion with 19 points and five assists, Ian Mahinmi added 13 points and six rebounds, and J.J. Barea contributed 12 points and nine assists.