The Magic fell 111-105 and have a 14-26 record. Dallas had 7 players reach double figures in scoring. Glen Davis led all players with 24 points. Jameer Nelson’s hip must’ve felt fine as he added 20 points. Redick got the attention of his trade suitors with another 18-point solid performance. Nik Vucevic got back on his double-double track with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dallas’ 22-10 fastbreak and 24-10 points off turnovers differentials were the main factors in the Mavericks’ road victory. Here are the postgame player locker room interviews.
Coach Jacque Vaughn on Dallas’ tweaking: “The small lineup they went to when they took Nowitzki out that got them back in it. They got some turnovers and turned those turnovers into points…”
Orlando in typical underdog mode opened the contest up 20-8. Vince Carter would proceed to check in with no Amway Center fanfare and spark an immediate 15-0 Dallas run. Despite the dreadful six or so minutes, the Magic were only down by 2 after that initial period.
Dallas is reliant on their bench contributing strongly for them to have success. Vince Carter, Jae Crowder, and Elton Brand answered the call in the first half as they combined for 24 points. The Mavericks went 58.1% from the field and maintained a 9-point advantage in the locker room. A 30-12 points in the paint drubbing will give you a lead almost in every case.
Coach Jacque Vaughn on defensive problems: “We’ve been there so we know that this team is capable and so we’ll continue to stress all the good things we’ve been doing and continue to work to get back to that place.”
Glen Davis received a technical for cursing and being visibly frustrated at the officials. That put the Magic in an angry 11-point early 3rd period hole that they’d leap out of due to an 11-0 Orlando run. All square at 63-63 at the midway point in the quarter. Foul language can be good sometimes. Despite back-to-back hammer throwdowns by Maurice Harkless on Chris Kaman, Orlando was behind 85-75 entering the final period. The home team’s defense was lacking once more. The Magic would tease its fans late once more, getting within a bucket late, only to succumb once the final buzzer sounded. The Magic will fly out to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Tuesday where Jacque Vaughn’s bunch are 2-0 against their Michigan foes so far this season.