TORONTO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Vince Carter scored 11 of his 25 points in the first quarter Friday night as the Toronto Raptors jumped out to a big lead and cruised to their first victory, 109-92 over the Mavericks, who lost Dirk Nowitzki to a sprained ankle midway through the opening period.
After dropping its first two games of the season on the road, Toronto seemed rejuvenated at Air Canada Center and scored 16 of the game's first 18 points.
The Raptors had a 20-9 lead when Nowitzki sprained his left ankle after stepping on the foot of Toronto forward Antonio Davis while driving to the basket on a fast break.
Morris Peterson scored 12 of his 23 points in the first quarter and Toronto built a 15-point cushion after the opening 12 minutes. The Raptors led by as many as 23 in the second period before settling for a 67-47 halftime lead. Dallas got no closer than 11 thereafter.
Peterson made 10 of 17 shots and had seven rebounds and eight assists. Alvin Williams collected 10 points and eight assists and Davis added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Michael Finley and Tim Hardaway each scored 17 points to lead six players in double figures for the Mavericks. Juwan Howard had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Donnell Harvey contributed 12 and nine.