NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Dallas
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: Orlando 102, Dallas 100
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis poured in 23 points, including the go-ahead free throws late in the fourth quarter, and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic in a 102-100 comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Jameer Nelson added a season-high 21 points for the Magic, who have won two in a row and six of seven overall. Mickael Pietrus gave 20 points and nine boards, while Dwight Howard had 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Josh Howard scored 25 points for the Mavs, who have dropped five straight games and have yet to post a win at home. Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 24 points and Jason Terry 20 in defeat.
After falling behind by six points in the fourth, two free throws from Hedo Turkoglu, one from Howard, a Pietrus three and a Nelson jumper gave the Magic their first lead since the second quarter, 96-94, with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Nowitzki tied it up, but Pietrus came down and drained another three. Jason Kidd hit two from the line, and Nowitzki hit a jumper to make it 100-99 Dallas with 26 ticks left.
Orlando came down, but Nelson missed a jumper. Terry jumped for the rebound under the hoop but fell out of bounds with it to give the Magic possession. Lewis was fouled by Kidd and hit both shots to make it 101-100 with 10 seconds left.
Dallas called a timeout, but Nelson jumped in front of the inbounds pass to intercept it and was fouled with 7.6 ticks showing. Down at the other end, he made 1-of-2 to give the Magic a two-point lead.
"I was surprised the ball came to me," Nelson said. "I looked around and I just thought, 'I don't know what to do,' I just started dribbling it out. He gave me the ball. I appreciated the gift."
Following a timeout, Jerry Stackhouse inbounded to Terry, who drove the lane and tried to sink a jumper. His bid, though, caromed in and out of the rim, and Keith Bogans grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.
"It was a tough play, things that we can correct and we have to turn the page and get ready," Josh Howard said. "We fought hard throughout the whole game and that's what we have to base this off of."
The Mavs were up 21-17 after the first quarter and were leading 56-46 at the half.
The Magic outscored the Mavs 26-24 in the third to take an 80-72 lead into the final 12 minutes of play.
After Terry opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to give Dallas an 11-point lead, the Magic answered back.
Lewis connected on four straight free throws, and Nelson dropped a pair of jumpers to cut it to 83-80 with 9:39 showing on the clock.
Moments later, a free throw from Nowitzki and two from Josh Howard opened an 88-82 Mavs lead.
Turkoglu's free throw pulled Orlando within 90-86 midway through the fourth.
Dallas went 19-of-23 from the foul line, Orlando was 27-of-37 from the stripe...The Mavs had won four straight over Orlando and had never lost to the Magic at American Airlines Center. Orlando hadn't won in Dallas since December of 1997 (10 games).
11/15 01:07:34 ET