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The Orlando Magic, healthy and rested, were able to defeat the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 97-82 in front of a nationally-televised audience. Coming off an overtime win against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road the evening before, it seemed like the Mavericks were a step slow against the Magic. Especially when you consider the fact that Orlando played on three days rest. Dirk Nowitzki, with 24 points and six rebounds, was the only starter for Dallas that played with any sort of energy (J.J. Barea and Jason Terry performed admirably off the bench). For the Magic, Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus returned from their minor injuries and performed well. Pietrus played a great game off the bench, in particular, with a season-high 24 points on eight shots. Efficient. Dwight Howard was splendid, also, dominating on both ends of the floor and finishing with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks. For Howard, that’s the ninth time in the regular season in which he’s grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game.