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Howard, 3s push Magic by Mavericks

DALLAS — Dwight Howard dominated inside with 17 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shots, and his teammates converted 14 of 24 attempts from 3-point range as the Magic won 97-82 over the Mavericks on Thursday.

Reserve Mickael Pietrus had 24 points, making all six of his 3-pointers, to help the Magic win for the 14th time in 16 games.

"We know how good we are," said guard Jameer Nelson, who scored 14. "We're not cocky or overconfident or anything, but we know we can beat anybody when we play our game. We played great defensively, pushed the ball and got good shots when we needed to."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 for the Mavericks, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Orlando's long-range shooters hit four of their first seven from 3-point range. "The thing that killed us were the 3s," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

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Magic 97, Mavericks 82

ORLANDO (97): Barnes 2-4 0-0 6, Lewis 2-6 0-0 6, Howard 6-11 5-8 17, Nelson 6-14 0-0 14, Carter 8-17 2-4 19, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Pietrus 7-8 4-6 24, Redick 1-4 0-0 3, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Gortat 0-1 0-0 0, Bass 3-5 2-3 8. Totals 35-72 13-21 97.

DALLAS (82): Marion 2-9 0-0 4, Nowitzki 9-22 6-6 24, Haywood 3-7 0-0 6, Kidd 2-8 2-2 7, Butler 0-4 3-4 3, Terry 6-16 3-3 16, Dampier 2-3 0-0 4, Beaubois 0-3 2-2 2, Barea 7-9 0-0 16. Totals 31-81 16-17 82.

Orlando 18 25 29 25— 97

Dallas 16 20 20 26— 82

3-Point GoalsOrlando 14-24 (Pietrus 6-6, Barnes 2-4, Lewis 2-4, Nelson 2-5, Carter 1-2, Redick 1-2, Williams 0-1), Dallas 4-14 (Barea 2-2, Kidd 1-5, Terry 1-5, Nowitzki 0-1, Beaubois 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 48 (Howard 20), Dallas 48 (Dampier 11). AssistsOrlando 15 (Nelson 7), Dallas 7 (Butler, Kidd 2). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Dallas 17. A19,965 (19,200).

Howard, 3s push Magic by Mavericks 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 1:16am]

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