Magic GameNight: Orlando at Dallas (1/8/10)


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Saturday, Jan. 8
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)
Radio: AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: FS Florida



Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
Jason Kidd

Jason Terry

Tyson Chandler

Shawn Marion

DeShawn Stevenson

Brendan Haywood

Jose Barea


DALLAS (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine games with a 117-107 victory over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points and Jameer Nelson had 16 for Orlando, which rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit.

Hedo Turkoglu contributed 13 points and 17 assists, and Gilbert Arenas had 14 points for the Magic.

DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 24 points for the Mavericks, who were without top scorer Dirk Nowitzki for his career-high seventh straight game with a sprained right knee.

Shawn Marion had 18 points and Jason Terry added 16 points and nine assists for Dallas, 2-5 during Nowitzki's absence.

Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 9:54 left gave Orlando the lead for good at 88-85, triggering a 23-2 run capped by Turkoglu's basket with 4:26 remaining.

Dallas center Tyson Chandler went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 6:06 left in the third quarter, but the Mavs still clung to an 81-80 lead heading into the final period. Chandler fouled out with 5:42 remaining.

Orlando was on the second leg of a back-to-back, having beaten the Houston Rockets 110-95 at home on Friday night. The Magic didn't get to their hotel until early Saturday morning.

The Mavericks hadn't played since Thursday night's 99-95 home loss to Oklahoma City.

Orlando has taken off since newcomers Turkoglu, Richardson and Arenas started getting into the flow with their new team. The Magic haven't lost since the last meeting with Dallas on Dec. 21, when the Mavericks won 105-99 in Orlando.

When Nowitzki was hurt on Dec. 27 in a game at Oklahoma City, he thought he'd be out for only a short time. But he hasn't recovered as quickly as he anticipated and remains day-to-day. He attempted to run at practice on Thursday but experienced knee pain and was told by team medical personnel to shut down the workout.

Earlier in the week, the Mavericks learned that No. 3 scorer Caron Butler was probably out for the season with a torn tendon in his right knee.

Stevenson, who entered the night with a scoring average of 6.9 points, went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 17 at halftime to send the Mavericks to a 57-51 lead at the break.

The Mavericks held a 28-19 edge after one quarter and were up by as many as 16 in the second quarter.

NOTES: Richardson kept the Magic close with 14 first-half points, going 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. ... Nowitzki's previous career high for consecutive missed games was five in 2003-04. ... Dallas has still won 12 of the last 17 meetings with Orlando. ... Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was ejected with 6:06 left after picking up his second technical for walking onto the floor to protest an officiating decision.


``Mr. Fourth Quarter’’ is back running the show with the Magic, and because he is Orlando continues to be on a red-hot tear that shows no signs of ending anytime soon.

Hedo Turkoglu, who earlier in the week notched the third triple-double of his career, took over a close game Saturday in the fourth quarter with his dazzling passes as the Magic rallied to shred the Mavericks 117-107 for their ninth consecutive victory.

Turkoglu, back with the Magic and playing like he did in 2009 when he led the Magic to the NBA Finals, had a career-high 17 assists, 10 points and another five steals as Orlando (25-12) came all the way back from a 16-point hole in the first half.

Turkoglu, the hero of so many fourth-quarter heroics during his first stint with the Magic from 2004-09, had 10 points, five assists and two steals in the fourth quarter alone. With the Magic trailing 81-80 to start the fourth period, Turkoglu jump-started a 28-7 burst with his passing to set up several easy shots for the Magic.

``It’s great. Every game we do something better,’’ Turkoglu said. ``We’re learning from the mistakes and trying to play better. I know we didn’t play well in the first half, but we picked it up in the second half. We made the extra pass, moved the ball and we knocked down shots.’’

Orlando hasn’t lost since Dec. 21, a game against Dallas that came just three days after the Magic had traded for Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. Orlando’s current nine-game winning streak ties the all-time franchise record set twice before in 2001 and 1994.

It’s the first time in the Dwight Howard-Jameer Nelson era (2004-11) in Orlando that the Magic have won this many games in a row. They will get a chance to go for the franchise record on Wednesday in New Orleans against the Hornets.

``It’s a little bit unexpected because I thought it would take longer to get to the level that we are now,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said of the Magic’s impressive winning streak. ``We still have to get a lot better, but our guys have come together and played with good chemistry for a team that hasn’t been together long. I have to give them a lot of credit for that. That’s impressive.’’

Howard dominated Tyson Chandler and a Dallas team without star power forward Dirk Nowitzki with 23 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Howard made nine of 16 shots with five of those field goals coming on thunderous dunks.

Here’s a look back at what went right, what went wrong and some final observations from a come-from-behind victory that the Magic won’t soon forget: