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Fast start lifts Mavs over Magic

Rolando Blackman and Roy Tarpley combined to hit all 11 of their first-quarter shots Saturday night, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 135-108 Saturday night. Blackman was 6-for-6 and Tarpley 5-for-5 in the opening quarter as the Mavericks matched their highest-scoring period of the season, outscoring the Magic 45-31.

Dallas won its fourth consecutive game and 11th of its last 13.

Tarpley scored 18 points, all in the first half, and the Mavericks moved to six games over .500 for the first time since Jan. 6, 1989.

Dallas moved its home winning streak to nine, its longest since 1988.

Terry Catledge had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando. Reggie Theus was held to 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

By halftime, the Mavericks had widened their lead to 71-47. The 27-point defeat was the third-worst in the Magic's first season.

"It's tough for a young team lie us to play them with an oversized front line like they have," Orlando coach Matt Guokas said. "When you give up 45 in the first quarter, you're in for a long night."

Pistons 97, Heat 79

MIAMI _ Vinnie Johnson scored 10 fourth-quarter points and joined Isiah Thomas in sparking Detroit to a franchise-record 11th straight victory, 97-79 over Miami.

With the score tied at 66, the Pistons went on a 14-5 run that featured three jumpers by Johnson and three of Thomas' six fourth-quarter assists to put Detroit ahead 80-71 with 4:53 left.

Thomas had 23 points and 11 assists, while Miami was led by Tellis Frank with a career-high 24 points. Dennis Rodman had 18 rebounds for the Pistons.

The Pistons began their winning streak with a 107-95 victory in Chicago on Jan. 23. The franchise had previously won 10 straight on two occasions from Feb. 12-28, 1986, and from Dec. 1-26, 1987.

Detroit has won 24 of its last 28 games, and the Heat have lost six straight and 25 of their last 28.

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