TORONTO — Dirk Nowitzki looked like he was ready for a 9 to 5 job in a navy jacket and light blue button-down shirt.

TORONTO — Dirk Nowitzki looked like he was ready for a 9 to 5 job in a navy jacket and light blue button-down shirt.

If so, he would have been the only Mavericks player willing to work a full shift.

His teammates decided to knock off early Wednesday night, ducking out of work and getting smoked in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 21-point deficit and rolled late for a 93-85 victory at Air Canada Centre.

The fourth quarter was an utter disaster.

Nowitzki was given a night off to rest after the Mavericks had played 10 games in 16 days. Coach Rick Carlisle believes it was the right move for the good of the team moving forward.

"I know how I felt the last two weeks," Nowitzki said. "Obviously, there were a lot of games, a lot of travel, west to east, stop home for 24 hours, and so I just haven’t really felt great the last couple weeks.

"I’m old. It is what it is."

Said Carlisle: "It was just the right thing to do for him, for the organization. He needed a day to rest."

Nowitzki expects to play Friday at Brooklyn.

Without their anchor, it came down to making plays at crunch time, and the Mavericks failed miserably. They were outscored 25-12 in the fourth quarter.

They had just eight turnovers in each of their last two games, but they had nine in the fourth quarter alone as the Raptors roared past them in relatively easy fashion. DeMar DeRozan had a career-best 40 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).

For the game, the Mavericks committed 21 turnovers for 25 Toronto points. They hadn’t had 21 turnovers in a game since November.

The Mavericks had a 21-point lead before the first quarter was over, but it was clear that it would never last. It ended up being the fifth-biggest comeback in Toronto history. It also was the fifth time this season the Mavericks have lost when having at least a 17-point lead.

"This is the year of no lead too big," Carlisle said. "We got to be better with leads because they’re hard to get. The fact we’ve been getting them is good. But our nemesis is inconsistency on the boards, and we just got to be tougher, keep working at being tougher.

"I believe in these guys. We’re going to keep working at it. I’m going to keep believing in them. We got to do better. I know we’re capable. It’s a hard league and the games are long, so you got to keep playing."

The Mavericks squandered all of their lead when Toronto made it 80-80. The Mavericks would score just five points in the final five minutes, largely because they couldn’t hang onto the ball or make a shot. They were 4-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter and just 3-of-6 from the line.

DeRozan shot 14 free throws, the same number the Mavericks had as a team.

The Mavericks were outrebounded 14-6 in the fourth quarter, the second game in a row they have been pulverized on the glass at crunch time.

"I don’t know if we ran out of gas a little or what," said Jose Calderon, who along with Vince Carter was making a homecoming against the team for whom he played seven seasons. "We just got to be better."

Added Carlisle: "Too many turnovers. And we played two good quarters, and they played three good quarters. We got to do it for four quarters, and that’s the story. They made plays and we didn’t."