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7-14 FG | 4-8 3P | 2 REB | 7 AST | 21 PTS | -12
With Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Arron Afflalo (foot) out with injuries, Nelson took it upon himself to carry the load offensively with the Magic’s two best players sidelined. And he did his part, drilling 3-pointers and getting to the rim, making Orlando’s short-handed offense look somewhat competent. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t matter, as the Magic got blown out (again).
8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 STL | 8 REB | 19 PTS | -6
After a quiet first half, Big Baby turned it up in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the period and helping Orlando go on a 16-4 run to cut an 18-point halftime deficit to six. He made a few midrange jump shots and some awkward-looking jump hooks during his scoring spree. The Mavericks undid Davis’ damage by responding with a 12-0 run.
5-11 FG | 1-4 3P | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -19
Harkless had one of his better games of the season. His alley-oop dunk in transition early in the third quarter was pretty to watch, but it was his shot selection throughout the game that was more impressive to see. He was either attempting shots at the rim or behind the 3-point line (while also getting to the free throw line), eschewing the midrange jumper in favor of quality shots.
4-11 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -8
The last time Oladipo played against Dallas, he committed nine turnovers, getting himself in a lot of trouble trying to split the double-team when the Mavericks trapped Oladipo in the pick-and-roll. Dallas showed the same look to Oladipo in tonight’s game, but he did a better job of being patient and not trying to make a play that wasn’t there.
The Mavericks jumped on a bad Magic team, building a double-digit lead that ballooned to as many as 22 in the second quarter, as Orlando — undermanned and outgunned — could not keep up with Dallas. The Magic, as previously mentioned, made things interesting in the third quarter thanks to Davis getting hot, but make no mistake, the Mavericks were never in danger of losing the game.