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Magic struggles continue against Mavericks

2013 January 20
by Brian Serra
Big Baby gave it his all, but the Magic couldn't beat the Mavericks.

Big Baby gave it his all, but the Magic couldn’t beat the Mavericks.

The Orlando Magic came out firing  on all cylinders tonight, but they weren’t able to sustain it outside of short stretches against the Mavericks. Dallas defeated Orlando on Sunday evening by a score of  111-105.

The Magic trailed by ten or more points for the majority of the game, were able to cut the lead to six with four minutes remaining. Trailing by four with 56 seconds remaining, Nik Vucevic nailed a baseline jumper to cut the lead to two. After Darren Collison and J.J. Redick traded made three pointers, the Magic weren’t able to get another stop and Dirk Nowitzki would clinch the game for Dallas with two made free throws.

Big Baby led the Magic in scoring for the night with 24 points and also chipped in with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Jameer Nelson had 20 points and J.J. Redick had 18.

The Mavericks saw a balanced effort with seven players scoring in double figures. They were led by Shawn Marion’s 20 points and 15 points each from O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter.

Orlando started the game tremendously and led 18-4 through six minutes of the 1st quarter. That lead was quickly erased by Dallas who finished the first quarter with a two 2 point lead, and led at the half 57-48.

58% shooting on 18 first half assists was an extremely impressive effort for Dallas, but that was more of the case of bad defense (especially in transition) by the Magic than strong ball movement by the Mavs. The Magic weren’t able to get any stops when they really needed it and that has been the overall story for this team over the last 15 games.

“We turn it over and they are able to capitalize pretty quickly. Those are easy buckets, no defense. I think you can make a layup, so I know NBA guys can.” – Jacque Vaughn on the easy Dallas points off the Magic turnovers

The Magic have won just two of their last 15 games. In those 15 games, they’ve allowed 106.3 points per game. Until this team can consistently execute their defensive principles, effort won’t be enough to earn wins.

The Magic are back on the court on Tuesday night in Detroit.

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