Ellis leads Mavs to 108-100 win over Magic

The Dallas Mavericks demonstrated the value of experience and

consistency to the Orlando Magic.

The veteran Mavericks made all the right plays at all the right

times against a young, careless Magic team, beating Orlando 108-100

behind 19 points and eight assists from Monta Ellis, who had plenty

of help.

Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 18 points and a game-deciding 3-pointer

to turn back the last Magic attempt at rallying from a 15-point

first-half deficit. Reserve forward DeJuan Blair also scored 18 and

made 4 of 6 free-throw attempts when the Magic intentionally fouled

him late in the game to expose his 41.2 percent free throw

shooting.

Vince Carter, another veteran reserve, added 12 points as the

Mavericks’ reserves outscored Orlando’s 43-25. Shawn Marion and

Jose Calderon had 11 apiece and Calderon added nine assists.

”We had a lot of guys play well,” Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle

said. ”We’ve got to do it collectively. It’s not going to be the

one superstar putting the team on his back. It’s going to be all of

us going together.”

Dallas had only 10 turnovers for the game, compared to 19 for

Orlando. The Mavericks scored 22 points off Orlando’s mistakes.

”We’re sharing the wealth out there and it’s starting to

show,” Marion said. ”We had some lapses on defense, but going to

have those. The more we cut down on turnovers and value each

possession, good things are going to happen to us.”

Rookie point guard Victor Oladipo had a career-worst nine

turnovers, four of them in the fourth quarter. His back-to-back

turnovers, when the Magic had cut the deficit to 91-87 with six

minutes left in the game, effectively blunted Orlando’s attempt to

overtake Dallas.

”I just have to perform better in those circumstances,” said

Oladipo, the second pick in the June draft. ”It was a close game

and I have to learn to execute in those times. Most of it, really,

is on me.”

Oladipo played the entire fourth quarter, despite starter Jameer

Nelson being healthy and having a good game with 15 points, one

assist and one turnover. Nelson didn’t play in the final 17 minutes

of the game.

”If we didn’t have those turnovers down the stretch, maybe the

game could have been different,” Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn said.

”Those are the details we’ll continue to work on. We need to learn

to value the basketball whether it’s the first quarter or the

fourth quarter.”

Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 25 points and Nikola Vucevic

added 16 and eight rebounds. Oladipo had 10 points and six assists

to go with his nine turnovers.

Dallas shot 51.2 percent in the game, but lost that and nearly

every other statistical battle. The Magic shot 52.9 percent for the

game and outrebounded Dallas 40-30.

”We played sensibly,” Carlisle said. ”None of us are going to

get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve done some good things and

it’s really important that we just stay focused.”

The game started as a jump-shooting contest with both sides

hitting better than 50 percent most of the first quarter and

trading baskets with little interruption. There were six lead

changes and six ties before the Mavericks went on an 11-0 run near

the end of the period to take a 31-24 lead. Dallas finished the

period 13 of 26, and didn’t have a layup until back-to-back fast

breaks in the final minute of the period.

The Mavs shot even better in the second period – 59.5 percent –

but nearly all of those came around the rim as Orlando’s sloppy

passing and turnovers led to fast-break opportunities. Dallas

stretched its lead to 15 on a jump-hook from Blair in the lane and

settled for a 59-46 halftime lead. Orlando made it easier with 10

turnovers, four by Oladipo, that the Mavericks turned into 15

points.

The Mavericks hit their first five shots in the second half,

including a pair of 3-pointers from Nowitzki, but couldn’t get any

separation because they also turned the ball over three times. That

allowed the Magic to pull within 81-74 on a dunk by Oladipo with

3:39 left in the period. The teams traded baskets the rest of the

way and Dallas finished the quarter with an 87-80 lead.

NOTES: Kyle O’Quinn, the Magic’s backup C, sat out the game with

a sprained ankle. F Solomon Jones was activated after missing seven

games with a torn meniscus. He played eight minutes and scored two

points. . Ellis is the Mavericks’ leading scorer this season at

22.2 a game. If he remains there, he would be the first Maverick

other than Nowitzki to lead the team in scoring since Michael

Finley in the 1999-2000 season. . Magic F Andrew Nicholson has gone

0 for 10 on 3-pointers over the last six games. Nicholson did hit

two bombs against the Mavs, but both times referees ruled he had a

toe on the line.