NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Orlando
(Friday, March 31st)
Final Score: Orlando 108, Dallas 99
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Jameer Nelson scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Orlando Magic, who downed the Dallas Mavericks, 108-99, at TD Waterhouse Centre.
"It shows you that we have a good team, especially when we're at home," said Nelson. "We've got to continue to progress. We've been doing it well as a team and at the end it's going to come. It's going to come, it's going to take time and we've got to stay focused."
Hedo Turkoglu added 25 points and five rebounds while Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who have now won five of their last six contests and their last seven home games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 38 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have now dropped a season-high three straight games. Jason Terry chipped in 23 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 14 points and five assists for Dallas, which now finds itself trailing idle San Antonio by 2 1/2 games in the Southwest Division.
"A very disappointing loss," said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson. "We played a short stretch there in the fourth quarter a little bit. But other than that, we didn't play well at all again tonight and that's what concerns me."
Orlando closed the opening stanza on an 8-0 run to take a slim 29-27 lead after 12 minutes. Turkoglu and Howard combined to score 20 of the Magic's 29 points.
The Magic opened the second quarter on a 12-2 spurt to build a 41-29 lead. Carlos Arroyo scored six points during the run, and Dallas scored only two points in the opening 7:11 of the quarter. Nelson scored nine points over the final three minutes of the frame as Orlando outscored Dallas 27-17 in the quarter and took a 56-44 advantage into the locker room.
A Turkoglu three-pointer with 6:09 remaining in the third quarter extended the Magic's lead to 17 points, 70-53. They maintained their 17-point lead over the rest of the quarter and led 87-70 heading into the final quarter.
Dallas got back into the game with a 13-1 burst early in the fourth quarter courtesy of the long ball. The Mavericks hit three shots from long distance during the run, including two from Nowitzki. The last three-pointer pulled Dallas to within six, 91-85, with 6:43 to play.
A pair of Nowitzki free throws with 3:52 left cut the Magic lead to 99-94, but the Mavericks got no closer as Orlando converted 5-of-6 freebies down the stretch to ice the game.
The Magic held a 30-11 advantage in bench points...Orlando shot 55.7 percent from the floor while Dallas connected on 44.4 percent of its shots...The Mavericks struggled from long distance, hitting just 6-of-26 from beyond the arc.
03/31 23:42:36 ET