Shaquille O'Neal dominated the Dallas Mavericks with 43 points and 16 rebounds Thursday night, leading the Orlando Magic to a 107-94 victory.
It was the highest point total by a Mavericks opponent this season and O'Neal's fifth 40-point game of the season. The Magic won for the eighth time in their past nine games.
Dallas pulled within 84-78 with 8:05 left, but O'Neal scored six points during a 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 18. O'Neal, who set his career-high with 49 points earlier this season against Indiana, left the game with 2:44 to play and the Magic in front 98-83.
Jim Jackson scored 21 points and Jamal Mashburn added 20 for the Mavericks, who dropped their third straight. Doug Smith added 17 points.
Dennis Scott and Anfernee Hardaway scored 13 points each in support of O'Neal.
O'Neal dominated the first half with 22 points but Orlando was only ahead 50-47 at halftime. The 7-foot-1 center had two dunks and a free throw to lead a 14-1 run in the closing stages of the third quarter as the Magic expanded a 61-58 lead to 75-59.
O'Neal scored the most points against the Mavericks since Michael Jordan had 43 in 1990. Hardaway, meanwhile, matched his season- and career-highs with 12 assists and five steals.
"They were fronting Shaq a lot so I was lobbing over their heads," Hardaway said. "I was racking up the assists."
O'Neal was 18-for-29 from the field and had 10 offensive rebounds despite being hampered by a bruise below his left kneecap.
O'Neal said he was upset that coach Bob Hill had taken him out "because the game wasn't over."
O'Neal overpowered the smaller Mavericks front line despite Dallas' double-teaming and fronting defense.
"We tried to play him every way you could," Dallas coach Quinn Buckner said. "But he's a young man with strength and quickness."