Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/19

Game 1: Friday, February 19th
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Game 2: Thursday, April 1st
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Mavericks 95

(34-21, 18-12 away)

Magic 85

(37-19, 21-6 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    8:00 PM ET, February 19, 2010

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 23 19 23 3095
    ORL 33 14 22 1685

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Orl: D. Howard 29 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

    Mavs' defense backs Nowitzki's 23 points in victory over Magic 

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Mavericks' newcomers made the difference against the Magic -- along with some tight defense by Dallas.

    Caron Butler scored 16 points, Brendan Haywood had 15 points and nine rebounds and the Mavericks rode a strong defensive effort to beat the Orlando Magic 95-85 on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Caron Butler reached his highest point total as a Mav, scoring 16 in the win.

    • Dallas recorded a 19-0 scoring run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.

    • The Magic were held under 85 points for the fifth time this season and second time in Orlando.

    • Dwight Howard extended his double-double streak to 17 games, the longest such streak in the league this season.

    • Orlando shot a season-worst 16 percent from the 3-point line.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points and Jason Terry had 16 as the Mavs won for the second time in three games since acquiring Butler and Haywood from Washington.

    "We're capable of playing good defense and we showed that," Nowitzki said. "The guy that really made this trade work for us is Haywood and he showed why tonight. He was battling in there."

    Dwight Howard had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for Orlando, but didn't get much help. Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson had 16 points apiece and the Magic were 4 of 25 from 3-point territory.

    After allowing Orlando to shoot 65 percent and score 33 points in the first period, the Mavericks limited the Magic to just 34 percent shooting and 62 points the rest of the game.

    Jason Kidd, who had 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, put the game away for the Mavericks with a 3-pointer that made it 88-81 with 1:20 left in the game.

    The Mavericks scored the last seven points of the third quarter and first 12 of the fourth period to go from 11 points down to a 77-69 lead with 8:54 left in the game.

    Terry, Haywood and Kidd had five points apiece in the run that featured equal parts offense and defense for Dallas. The Mavs forced six turnovers in the stretch and didn't give up a second shot while Orlando went 0 for 6 from the field.

    "We obviously needed that spurt to get back in control of the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We get some stops, get the ball in Jason Kidd's hand and great things happen for us, but it was the defensive end that triggered a lot of good stuff."

    Nelson ended the 19-0 run with a 15-foot jumper and the Magic pulled within 81-78 on a free throw by Howard with 4:50 to go.

    "Obviously our shooting was horrendous, but I can't really say I'm upset," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Every shot those guys took was wide open and we didn't make any. That's not typical of us."

    The Magic outscored the Mavs 13-2 in the final four minutes of the first period to open up a 10-point lead. Carter started the run with the first of two three-pointers and Matt Barnes finished it with a driving layup at the buzzer that made it 33-23.

    Dallas, which shot only 39.1 percent in the first half, made a little run at the end of the second period to keep the game close.

    Nowitzki, who was four of 11 in the first half, nailed a long jumper to make it 45-41 and Terry added a free throw to get the Mavs within three, but Carter's driving dunk in the final second gave the Magic a 47-42 halftime lead.

    Nowitzki found the range in the third period, scoring 13 points and helping Dallas hang close against Howard and the Magic. Howard had 10 points in the quarter and helped push the Magic to a 69-58 lead with less than two minutes left in the quarter.

    However, Nowitzki hit a baseline jumper and driving layup and Terry added a 3-pointer to cut Dallas' deficit to 69-65 at the end of the quarter.

    Game notes


    Howard has 19 straight games with double-figure rebounds. Mavs' starting center Erick Dampier missed his second straight game with a dislocated middle finger. ... The two teams were a combined 3 for 22 on 3s in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    ORL
    Points 95 85
    FGM-FGA 38-84 (.452) 36-87 (.414)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 4-25 (.160)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 9-12 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-45 12-47
    Assists 23 18
    Turnovers 11 13
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 17 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 12

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    Orlando
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 29
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5