Mavericks 111, Magic 95

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Josh Howard added 25 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 111-95 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.

For the second consecutive night, the Mavericks led from beginning to end. They pushed the margin to 25 points in the second quarter with a 15-5 run capped by Nowitzki’s three-point play, and kept it around 20 most of the second and third periods.

The Magic pulled closer in the third with a 13-4 run, but it happened with the defending Western Conference champions resting Nowitzki.

It was the closest the Magic had been since 8 minutes into the first quarter, and aside from a quick basket to begin the fourth, it was the closest they would come.

Dallas rattled off six unanswered points, including a fast-break dunk from Nowitzki, to put the lead back at 14 and out of Orlando’s reach.

AP-ES-01-23-07 2140EST

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