Hump stumps Mavericks

Kris Humphries celebrates his three-point shot during first half action last night. SUN MEDIA/Dave...

Kris Humphries celebrates his three-point shot during first half action last night. SUN MEDIA/Dave Abel

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

Raptors forward Kris Humphries goes by the nickname Hump, and that's exactly what he helped his team get over last night.

Humphries played one of his strongest games of the season, collecting 12 rebounds, including five of the offensive variety, and 16 points to come off the bench and pace the Raptors to a 92-76 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the Air Canada Centre.

Humphries' play was so strong in the fourth quarter that the ACC faithful actually began chanting his name, something that rarely, if ever, happens when he is on the court.

"Come man, I'm not a bum," said Humphries with a laugh, when asked if he had ever heard his name chanted.

Head coach Sam Mitchell credited his club's defence with the fact that the Raptors were able to record a victory after playing in Atlanta only one night earlier, a game in which they lost their starting point guard, T.J. Ford, to another arm stinger when he went crashing to the floor late in the game.

"Going through what we went through in the last 24 hours, to come out and be as focused as we were," said Mitchell.

"Our guys played well."

The normally high-flying Mavericks were held to a season-low output.

The Raptors held Dallas to 39% shooting from the field and a dismal 4-for-14 from three-point range. Toronto shot 43% from the field.

Toronto's bench outscored the Mavs' reserves, 43-18, which Mitchell also said was a key.

"They earned the right to stay on the court, which just made a world of difference because I think if we had to play Chris (Bosh) and Jose (Calderon) 40 minutes plus, we would have been in trouble,'' said Mitchell.

The Raptors led by 18 at the break, but the Mavericks cut it to nine late in the third quarter and seemed ready to make another late charge.

However, with under 20 seconds left in the third, backup point guard Darrick Martin stole the ball from a much bigger Dirk Nowitzki, charged down the court and, as he went up for a layup, was fouled by Eddie Jones and went down hard.

Jones was issued a flagrant foul. And so, after Martin nailed two free throws, Toronto retained possession, leading to a Jason Kapono three for an insurmountable 75-59 lead heading into the final quarter.

The win was sweet revenge for the Raptors, who blew a 24-point lead in Dallas on Nov. 20.

Calderon, filling in for Ford, finished with seven assists and 12 points. Bosh had 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, including a nice bounce pass on a Humphries dunk late in the game.

Carlos Delfino had seven points, six assists and seven rebounds off the bench. Mavericks all-star Nowitzki finished with a sub-par 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Jason Terry led all Dallas scorers with 21.


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