Welcome back to the NBA! After the brief NBA all-star break, the Orlando Magic are back in action, and faced the Dallas Mavericks. As listed above, they were defeated by t122-106 at AMway Center.
The Mavericks tow major weapons, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Prozingis had no problem handling the Magic overall and bother had solid games.
Both Doncic and Porzingis managed double-doubles in scoring and rebounds against the Magic with Doncic scoring 33 points and 10 rebounds and Porzingis with 24 points and also 10 rebounds.
The secret weapon for the Mavericks was Maxi Kleber. Kleber went 10 for 13 from the field and scored a career high 26 points against Orlando. Kleber scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Mav’s with a 1609 run that sealed the game.
Orlando was lead by a hot and cold Evan Fournier who scored 28 points Followed by Nikola Vucevic who contributed 27 points and 12 rebounds.
After an aggressive first half, slam dunk contest (should be)-winner Aaron Gordon managed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon, however was only 4 for 10 from the field and 0-3 from deep. An he was thinking about entering the 3-point contest next year? Hmmm.
The Magic battled to keep up with the Mav’s from deep by shooting 43 shots from 3-point range. Problem was, they only hit 9 out of those 43 for 21%.
The Mavericks shot near 40% from deep and 51% from the field, torching the Magic defense. Orlando fought hard on defense through the game, but Dallas scorched them in the first quarter, outscoring them 32-18.
The Magic came back and outscored Dallas in the second (34-30) and Third (32-27) quarter, but Dallas took over in the fourth quarter. (31-22).
Orlando Moves on to face Brooklyn on Monday at the Barclay’s Center in New York.