Magic send Mavs to third loss in a row
JNelson and HTurkoglu led the Magic with 27 and 25 pts respectively, on a combined 18 for 28 FG shooting (5 for 10 on threes). DHoward added 14 pts and 10 rebs, and CArroyo added 12 pts off the bench. In addition to Nowitzki's 38, Jason Terry had 23 pts, Jerry Stackhouse 14 pts and Josh Howard 10. Former Magic G Darrell Armstrong had 3 pts and 3 assists off the bench.
The Magic continue their torrid shooting pace at home, outscoring DAL from the field 83-78 on 55.7% shooting. DAL shot just 44.4%. The Magic also outscored DAL from the FT line 25-21 on 83.3% FT shooting. Magic grabbed one more rebound 34-33, and the bench outscored the Mav's bench 30-11. One of the negatives was that the Magic had more TOs than assists (14 TOs 13 assists). Their torrid shooting made up for that, though. DAL had 17 assists to 12 TOs.
Another good job by the Magic, with this late-season surge, playing spoiler as they sent DAL further back in the race for the best record in the West, and further harmed the Mavs chances of catching San Antonio. Great game by Jameer after scoring just 6 against MIN.