DALLAS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Ian Mahinmi came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points Friday, touching off a late rush that lifted the Dallas Mavericks to a 99-86 win over Toronto.
The defending NBA champion Mavericks won their first game of the season. They had become the first reigning champion to start a season 0-3 since Boston in 1969.
Mahinmi, in his fourth NBA season and with a career scoring average of 3.4 points per game, played 29 minutes. Lamar Odom, obtained in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the season, played just 12 minutes and missed all three of his field goal attempts.
Toronto led by a point with 2:30 to go in the third period, but Dallas outscored the Raptors the rest of the way 32-18.