By John Denton
ORLANDO -- At one point in Saturday night’s second half the Orlando Magic had made 10 of their first 13 shots after halftime and their overall shooting percentage had risen to an eye-popping 55.8 percentage.
Still, the Dallas Mavericks were pulling away.
Turnover woes early in the game and then again in the fourth quarter and an inability to get consecutive defensive stops sabotaged any chance the Magic had of topping the Mavericks. So even though the Magic shot a robust 52.9 percent from the floor, they had little to show for it in a frustrating 108-100 loss to the Mavs before 15,309 fans at the Amway Center.
``It was really frustrating because the turnovers let them have a lot of easy baskets,’’ Magic center Nikola Vucevic said. ``Our defense wasn’t at a high level. We could have defended much better. In the second half we made that run, but we let them score every time. Because of that we really couldn’t ever take over the game.’’
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