Eight Straight Losses: Mavericks 107, Magic 88
The Orlando Magic suffered their eighth consecutive defeat, this time a 107-88 loss at the hands of Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Monta Ellis scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and five rebounds and former Magic guard and Central Florida native Vince Carter scored 17 points off of the bench for the Mavericks.
Jameer Nelson, who entered the night as a game-time decision after injuring his hand Saturday night in Denver, led the Magic with 21 points and seven assists while Glen Davis added 19 points and eight rebounds.
Explaining this one is pretty simple – the Mavericks shot 50.6% from the field and hit 13 of their 27 three-point attempts, seemingly answering every single Magic run with a big shot from beyond the arc.
The Magic quickly got behind, allowing the Mavericks to take an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 22 in the second quarter and the Mavericks took an 18-point lead into the break.
The Magic started the second half on a 16-4 run, cutting the Mavericks’ lead to just six halfway through the third quarter. However, the Mavericks responded by scoring the next seven points, sparking a 21-7 run that gave the Mavericks an 18-point lead entering the final quarter.
The Magic continued to fight back, cutting the lead to nine with 6:16 to play in the game, but the Mavericks scored the next nine points to put the game away.
- Maurice Harkless had another nice night, finishing with 13 point, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Victor Oladipo scored 11 points and Tobias Harris had 10 points and seven rebounds.
- Andrew Nicholson continues to make the most of his minutes, scoring six points on three-of-three shooting to go along with two rebounds and a steal in only seven minutes.
- The Magic’s bench scored just 14 points while the Mavericks got 17 from Carter alone and 42 points in total.
- Although the Magic have now lost eight straight games, there is some good news – this road trip is over!
- The Magic will be back in Orlando Wednesday night when they host the Chicago Bulls.
- The Bulls suffered a 102-88 loss to the Washington Wizards Monday night.
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