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Magic's rally falls just short

ORLANDO — If the Mavericks are to make it out of the early pit they dug, it will require a lot more nights like Sunday.

Two days after seeing a four-game win streak snapped in an overtime loss to the Thunder, Shawn Marion scored 20 and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter 15 each as Dallas fought off a late Orlando surge and beat the Magic 111-105 on Sunday night.

The Mavericks led by 13 in the fourth quarter, before the Magic pulled within a basket in the final minute.

Dallas hung on, with a combination of late stops, timely free throws and a boost from a bench that outscored Orlando's 40-28. Carter and forward Elton Brand combined for 29 of those 40.

"Me and Vince joke about that," Brand said. "If it's not going well for the starting unit, that's our job, to come in and clean things up. That's what we did … and kind of righted the ship a little bit."

The Mavericks won in Orlando for the seventh straight time and now have five days off before hosting the division-leading Spurs on Friday.

"It's good to start winning again," Brand said. "We didn't want to go into our break without winning again."

In his fourth game back since returning from a sprained left shoulder, Glen Davis had his strongest offensive output and led Orlando with 24 points. Jameer Nelson added 20 and J.J. Redick 18.

But familiar turnover and defensive issues plagued the Magic as it lost for the third time in four games. It also fell for the seventh straight time to a team with a sub-.500 record.

"We'll continue to work," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That's the best part of it is we've got games ahead of us and we'll continue to work and that's our best approach. We've been there so we know that this team is capable."

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dirk Nowitzki, who played in his 15th game after offseason knee surgery, may need until February to get back to full strength. The former MVP had 12 points and seven rebounds.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds as the host Raptors sent the Lakers to their fifth straight road loss, 108-103. Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 1:18 left in the first half. … Kenneth Faried's layup in overtime put the host Nuggets ahead to stay in a 121-118 victory over the Thunder, snapping Oklahoma City's six-game winning streak. … Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points and seven rebounds, and the host Pistons returned from Europe with a 103-88 victory over the Celtics.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Suns picked player development director Lindsey Hunter as interim coach, two days after the team parted ways with Alvin Gentry. Hunter, who played for 17 seasons in the NBA, joined Phoenix in the scouting department last year and this season took over the team's new player development department. … Forward-center Chris Andersen signed a 10-day deal with the Heat and worked out with his new club for the first time. Andersen, 34, hasn't appeared in an NBA game since playing with Denver in March. … Thunder coach Scott Brooks was on the bench leading his team one day after the death of his mother, Lee Brooks, at 79.

Mavericks 111, Magic 105

DALLAS (111): Marion 10-16 0-0 20, Nowitzki 4-11 3-4 12, Kaman 5-11 3-4 13, Collison 4-6 1-1 11, Mayo 6-10 2-2 15, Carter 4-11 4-4 15, Brand 7-13 0-0 14, Crowder 3-6 0-0 7, M.James 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 45-90 13-15 111.

ORLANDO (105): De.Jones 1-1 0-0 3, Davis 10-16 4-6 24, Vucevic 6-11 2-2 14, Nelson 7-17 2-2 20, Afflalo 5-13 5-6 16, Redick 7-13 2-2 18, Moore 1-4 0-0 3, Harkless 3-4 0-0 6, McRoberts 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 40-79 16-20 105.

Dallas 26 31 28 26— 111

Orlando 24 24 27 30— 105

3-Point GoalsDallas 8-15 (Carter 3-5, Collison 2-3, Mayo 1-2, Nowitzki 1-2, Crowder 1-3), Orlando 9-21 (Nelson 4-9, Redick 2-6, De.Jones 1-1, Moore 1-2, Afflalo 1-2, Harkless 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 43 (Marion 10), Orlando 47 (Vucevic 11). AssistsDallas 29 (Collison 9), Orlando 26 (Davis 6). Total FoulsDallas 13, Orlando 14. TechnicalsDavis. A18,192 (18,500).

Raptors 108, Lakers 103

L.A. LAKERS (103): World Peace 3-9 1-1 9, Gasol 10-15 5-6 25, Howard 1-3 3-4 5, Nash 5-11 4-4 16, Bryant 10-32 3-3 26, Clark 6-10 1-2 14, Jamison 2-6 0-0 5, Duhon 0-1 1-1 1, Morris 1-1 0-0 2, Sacre 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 18-21 103.

TORONTO (108): Fields 8-11 2-4 18, Davis 9-13 0-2 18, Gray 2-5 1-1 5, Calderon 9-15 3-3 22, DeRozan 4-9 0-0 8, Anderson 5-13 1-2 14, Johnson 4-6 1-2 9, Lowry 2-3 2-3 8, Ross 2-7 0-0 4, Acy 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 46-84 10-17 108.

L.A. Lakers 20 29 21 33— 103

Toronto 29 24 30 25— 108

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 9-27 (Bryant 3-12, Nash 2-3, World Peace 2-6, Clark 1-1, Jamison 1-4, Duhon 0-1), Toronto 6-20 (Anderson 3-7, Lowry 2-3, Calderon 1-4, Fields 0-1, DeRozan 0-1, Ross 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 48 (Clark 14), Toronto 50 (Fields 10). AssistsL.A. Lakers 20 (Nash 9), Toronto 27 (Calderon 9). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 15, Toronto 22. TechnicalsBryant, Howard 2, Anderson, Toronto defensive three second. Ejected—Howard. A19,800 (19,800).

Pistons 103, Celtics 88

BOSTON (88): Pierce 5-10 0-0 10, Bass 0-3 0-0 0, Garnett 5-11 6-8 16, Rondo 4-16 0-0 8, Bradley 3-8 0-0 6, Sullinger 3-7 1-2 7, Collins 0-1 2-2 2, Lee 6-12 2-2 16, Green 4-9 6-9 15, Terry 1-3 1-2 4, Barbosa 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 33-83 18-25 88.

DETROIT (103): Prince 6-13 0-0 14, Maxiell 2-4 2-2 6, Monroe 6-12 3-4 15, Knight 5-12 3-6 15, Singler 4-11 3-3 13, Stuckey 1-4 0-0 3, Drummond 5-6 6-8 16, Villanueva 2-4 0-0 6, Bynum 5-12 5-8 15, Daye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-78 22-31 103.

Boston 18 30 23 17— 88

Detroit 27 25 29 22— 103

3-Point GoalsBoston 4-15 (Lee 2-5, Terry 1-3, Green 1-4, Pierce 0-1, Bradley 0-2), Detroit 9-19 (Prince 2-2, Villanueva 2-3, Singler 2-5, Knight 2-6, Stuckey 1-2, Bynum 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 49 (Rondo 9), Detroit 59 (Monroe 11). AssistsBoston 22 (Rondo 15), Detroit 24 (Monroe, Bynum, Singler, Knight 5). Total FoulsBoston 33, Detroit 23. A17,575 (22,076).

Magic's rally falls just short 01/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:34pm]

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