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O'Neal scores 43 in win over Mavs

Magic 107, Mavericks 94: Shaquille O'Neal dominated Dallas with 43 points and 16 rebounds Thursday night to lead Orlando. 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 its past nine games. Dallas pulled to 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. The Mavericks dropped their third straight. O'Neal dominated the first half with 22 points but Orlando was only ahead 50-47 at halftime. He 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.

_ TIMES WIRES

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