Mavericks 108, Magic 100

Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO - Guard Monta Ellis had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki 18 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday night at the Amway Arena.
It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Mavericks in Orlando, but only their second victory away from home this season. The Mavs got some unexpected help with a season-high 18 points from reserve forward DeJuan Blair.
The Magic were led by guard Arron Afflalo, who had 25 points. He hit 13 of his 14 free throws.
Nowitzki did most of his damage from behind the three-point line, where he hit four of his five 3-point attempts.
The Mavs never trailed after the first quarter. The Magic came within four points in the fourth quarter, but Dallas never lost control of the game.
The Mavericks were well balanced and shot 51.2 percent from the field.
Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, was scoreless with four turnovers in the first half, but helped spark the Magic rally late with 10 points.
The Mavs still led 87-80 going into the fourth quarter, despite being outscored by six points in the third quarter when neither team played well defensively.
The Mavericks led 59-46 at halftime, showing no signs of fatigue after losing in Miami Friday night. They were sharp early, shooting 54.2 percent from the field (26 of 48) and committing only two turnovers in the midst of 15 first-half assists.
The Magic had 10 turnovers by halftime, including four by Oladipo in just 11 minutes.
The Mavs used a 13-2 burst late in the first quarter to take early control of the game, erasing the Magic's initial six-point lead. Point guard Jose Calderon had seven points in those first 12 minutes.
Ellis had 10 points by intermission. Reserve guard Vince Carter added nine by halftime. The Mavs led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter.
NOTES: The Magic were without F Kyle O'Quinn, who sprained his ankle Wednesday against Milwaukee, but they put veteran C Solomon Jones on the active roster after he missed the previous seven games with a knee injury. ... Mavs All-Star F Dirk Nowitzki wore a protective sleeve on his left knee for the third consecutive game Saturday, but he and owner Mark Cuban insist there is no cause for concern. ... Mavs veteran G Vince Carter, who grew up in nearby Daytona Beach and makes his offseason home in Orlando, had a sizeable group of family and friends at the game. Carter was coming off his highest output of the season (21 points) Friday night in Miami. ... It was quite a contrast in experience between the Magic and Mavs. The Magic have eight players with two years or less of NBA experience. Each starter for the Mavericks had at least eight years of experience, including three with at least 11. ... Magic C Nikola Vucevic, 23, said he grew up (mostly in Belgium) admiring Nowitzki, 35, the most celebrated European in NBA history. ... Magic G Arron Afflalo came into the game hitting 52 percent (26 of 50) from 3-point range.

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