Strong defensively much of the season, especially at the Amway Center, the Magic got repeatedly carved up by Dallas’ high-powered offense. The Mavs placed six players in double figures and never trailed after Orlando took a 22-20 lead midway through the first period.
``The turnovers got us behind, especially in the first half. We gave up 59 points and a lot of those points were off our turnovers,’’ Vaughn said. ``We’ve talked about it and we’ll continue to address it and hopefully we’ll continue to get better at it and not worse.’’
Dallas, which lost a night earlier in Miami, has won the past eight games in Orlando. The Magic’s last defeat of the Mavs in Orlando was March 31, 2006.
Arron Afflalo had 25 points and made 13 of 14 free throws. Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds, while veteran point guard Jameer Nelson chipped in 15 points. Nelson didn’t play in the fourth quarter – something Vaughn said was by design because he wanted Oladipo on the floor with the game on the line.
``(Nelson) was not hurt and it was more of a coaching decision,’’ Vaughn said. ``At the time we were playing small and it gave us a chance to keep Vic in the game and (have him) experience a fourth quarter and try to come back. We got within four with 6 minutes, but it was just a coaching decision. That’s it.’’
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