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Mavericks 111, Magic 105

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ORLANDO - The Dallas Mavericks got 20 points from Shawn Marion and another balanced attack that included veteran reserves Vince Carter and Elton Brand to beat the Orlando Magic, 111-105, Sunday night.

The Mavericks had seven players reach double figures in scoring, which is the fifth consecutive game they have had at least six players score at least 10 points. Carter and Brand had 15 and 14 points, respectively.

The Mavericks (18-24) are fighting to avoid their first losing season since 2000 and are trying to battle back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

The Magic (14-26) got 24 points from Glen Davis and 20 from Jameer Nelson. Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Mavs shot 50 percent from the field and committed just eight turnovers.

Darren Collison hit a 3-pointer for the Mavs with 31 seconds remaining, upping their lead to 107-102. The Magic immediately answered with a 3-pointer from J.J. Redick, cutting the deficit to two. The Mavs iced the win by making their final four free throws.

The Magic had an 11-0 run midway through the third period, tying the game at 63, following a technical foul call against Davis. The Mavs came right back and opened an 85-75 lead going into the final quarter.

The Mavericks led 57-48 at halftime, riding a good start from Marion, who had 12 points and seven rebounds before intermission. Brand had 12 points in his first 13 minutes.

The first half was a game of streaks. The Magic jumped ahead 18-4 to start, but the Mavericks responded with a 15-0 run late in the first quarter. Carter started the first Dallas run by hitting a 3-point only seconds after entering the game.

The Mavs shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, and blistered the Magic in the second period by scoring 31 points. The Magic got 14 points from Davis in the first two periods.

NOTES: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday that anyone waiting for the real Dirk Nowitzki to appear might have to wait a little longer. Nowitzki missed the first 27 games of the season recovering from knee surgery and made his season debut Dec. 23. He went into Sunday's game averaging just 14 points, which is 8.9 points fewer than his career average. "He's not all the way there (100 percent) yet. I think coming out of the All-Star break is a realistic time when he'll be where he is going to be (the rest of the season)," Carlisle said. "We are digging out of a hole, so we'll have to continue to dig and grind." ... Carlisle decided to make a change Sunday and deactivated Rodrigue Beaubois and activated Dominique Jones in his place. ... Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he has not even mentioned the Feb. 21 trade deadline to his young players, many of whom already have been the subject of early trade talks. "I've not said one thing about the trade deadline to any of them," Vaughn said. "It (trade deadline) can be in your face all the time if you want it to be." Vaughn was quick to point out that despite 12 years in the NBA -- with five different teams -- he never was traded. ... Vaughn also downplayed any suggestion that Nowitzki hasn't regained his old form and isn't quite the factor he used to be for Dallas. "He's still the No. 1 thing on the scouting report," Vaughn said. "He's still making players around him better."
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