Dallas Mavericks (5-4) at Orlando Magic (4-5), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks will try to salvage a win on a
quick jaunt through Florida Saturday night when they meet the Orlando Magic at
Dallas fell to the two-time defending champs, the Miami Heat on Friday night.
The Mavericks battled from a double-digit deficit, but fell 110-104 at
American Airlines Arena.
"I thought we moved the ball fine, we scored fine, and it was a fun game. It's
fun to compete at the highest level against the champs, but we've just got to
be a little better," Dirk Nowitzki said.
The Mavs shot 50 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and
85.7 percent from the foul line. They lost the second quarter, 29-19, and
committed 24 turnovers, which led to 24 Miami points.
"I thought we played three really good quarters, and the second quarter was
not good," head coach Rick Carlisle explained. "The turnovers were our
In a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals, Nowitzki scored 28 points, while Vince
Carter added 21 off the bench and Monta Ellis chipped in 20 points. Jose
Calderon managed 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
The Mavs return home after Saturday's tilt for three straight in Dallas.
Orlando started its three-game homestand on the right foot with Wednesday's
94-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Arron Afflalo nailed eight 3-pointers (8-of-11) en route to a career-high 36
points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists. Nikola Vucevic
ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who rallied back from a
19-point hole (47-28) to halt a three-game slide.
"He had a courageous effort, I call it, to not let his team lose," Magic head
coach Jacque Vaughn said of Afflalo. "On both ends of the floor he was great
Afflalo tied a team record with five 3-pointers in the third quarter and
scored 14 points in the final stanza.
The Magic will close out the homestand next Wednesday versus Miami.
Orlando lost both meetings with Dallas last season and is winless in the past
three matchups between the teams. The Mavs are 15-5 in the last 20 encounters
between the teams and undefeated in the previous seven trips to Magic Kingdom.
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