Dallas started the “second half” of the season on a good note as they recorded a 111-96 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Magic now are a whopping 3-26 since Dec. 20. The game was defined by one play. The Mavericks double digit lead in the first half quickly evaporated and they found themselves trailing by six points in the third quarter. Jameer Nelson stole the ball away from O.J. Mayo. Nelson passed the ball to J.J. Redick for a breakaway layup. Mayo hustled down the court and was able to pin the ball against the rim. He recovered the ball and delivered the high heat on a lob pass to Vince Carter for the slam dunk. The play triggered a 13-0 run. Dallas closed the game on a 21-8 run en route to the victory.
Some notes before the quotes:
- Vince Carter went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Magic on Wednesday and recorded 14 points and a season-high eight assists in 26 minutes off the bench. It was his 10th game with four-plus 3-pointers this season. Carter had only one game with four-plus treys all of last year (5-7, at Phoenix 1/30/12). He has shot 14-of-23 (.609) from deep over his last three games. Carter has also hit at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 12 games. It’s tied for his longest such streak this season (he made at least one trey in 12 straight games from Nov. 17 through Dec. 12). Prior to this season, the last time Carter made at least one triple in 12 straight games was from Dec. 10, 2010 through Jan. 22, 2012, when they hit at least one 3-pointer in 16 consecutive games.
- Elton Brand went 5-for-6 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line before intermission and led all players with 15 points in 15 first-half minutes. It was the most points he scored in any half this season (previous high: 14 points in the first half vs. Minnesota Jan. 14). Brand finished with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench. The Mavericks improved to 3-1 this season when he scores 17-plus points in a game.
- Shawn Marion (17), Elton Brand (17), Vince Carter (14), O.J. Mayo (13), Dirk Nowitzki (12) and Mike James (season-high 12) all scored in double figures for Dallas in the win. The Mavericks improved to 11-5 this season when they have at least six players in double figures.
- The Mavericks recorded only nine turnovers against Orlando on Wednesday. The Mavericks have now recorded 12-or-fewer turnovers in each of their last five games.
- The 42 first-quarter points were the most by the Mavericks in any quarter this season (previous high: 40 points in second quarter vs. Washington Nov. 14). Prior to Wednesday’s game, the most points Dallas scored an opening quarter this year was 39 at Houston Dec. 8 (outscored Houston 39-24 in the first quarter). The Mavericks have now scored 30-plus points in the first quarter in three of their last four games.
Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ victory over Orlando.