NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Orlando
(Tuesday, November 9th)
Final Score: Orlando 94, Dallas 84
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu came off the bench to contribute 19 points and Dwight Howard netted 15 points with 11 rebounds, leading the Orlando Magic over the Dallas Mavericks, 94-84, at TD WaterHouse Centre.
Steve Francis fell just shy of a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 boards and nine assists while Grant Hill collected 17 points with nine rebounds for Orlando, which handed the Mavericks their first loss of the 2004 season.
"I think we all came out knowing what was at stake," said Francis.
Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 20 points and Marquis Daniels added 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting for Dallas, which had its season-opening four-game winning streak snapped.
Jerry Stackhouse had 12 points off the pine while Jason Terry added 13 points for the Mavericks, who were off to their best start since they opened the 2002-03 season with 14 straight wins.
"It was one of those nights that we really didn't think they did a lot to take us out of waht we wanted to do," said Stackhouse.
Michael Finley was limited to just eight points in 20 minutes of play in the loss.
Dallas led 22-19 after 12 minutes of action.
The Mavericks looked to increase their lead in the opening stages of the second quarter. A quick bucket by Terry pushed the Mavericks' advantage to 26-21 early on the frame, but the Magic answered with the game's first major run.
Following Terry's basket, Orlando responded by going on a 25-9 flurry to take the lead and never looked back.
Pat Garrity's jumper capped the spurt, staking the Magic to a 46-35 lead with under two minutes remaining in the half.
Heading into the locker room Orlando held a 50-40 cushion led by Francis' brilliant first half performance. The guard netted 14 points with five rebounds and dished out four assists in the first 24 minutes, while Daniels' 12 points paced Dallas.
The Magic continued their hot shooting during the onset of the third quarter.
Howard's free throw capped a 13-2 spurt to start the frame, staking Orlando to a commanding 63-42 cushion with 9:25 left in the quarter.
However, Dallas started to chip away at the lead and closed out the period on a 20-6 run, trimming the deficit to 69-62 on Nowitzki's turnaround jumper in the lane after 36 minutes of action.
Terry's free throw at the 9:03 mark of the fourth pulled Dallas within 75-69. That was as close as the Mavericks would get the rest of the way.
Orlando started to pull away midway through the fourth. Howard's slam stretched the Magic's lead to 83-73 with around six minutes to go and Dallas never recovered.
"I'm a student of the game," added Howard.
Moments later, Jameer Nelson's floater in the lane followed by Turkoglu's trey from the top of the key gave Orlando a comfortable 90-76 with just under three minutes remaining to put the game away.
"As long as you play hard, something good will happen to you," said Nelson, who ended with eight points in the win.
Last season, Dallas defeated Orlando by an average of 21.5 points...Orlando out-rebounded the Mavericks 56-54...Dallas shot 3-for-12 from beyond the arc, while Orlando finished just 1-for-13 from three-point land...The Mavericks have held their first five foes under 100 points...Last season, Dallas posted a 36-4 record when holding opponents below the century mark...Howard's double- double was his third in four games to start his career.
11/09 23:16:37 ET