Monta Ellis scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and five rebounds and Vince Carter scored 17 points off of the bench as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 107-88 victory over the Orlando Magic at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Monday night.
Jameer Nelson, who suffered a hand injury in a 120-94 loss to the Nuggets in Denver Saturday, led the Magic with 21 points and seven assists. Glen Davis added 19 points and eight rebounds and Maurice Harkless finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Magic threatened to make a game of it on several occasions, but the Mavericks had an answered for every Magic fun. The Magic used a 16-4 run to cut an 18-point halftime deficit to six to open the third quarter and the Mavericks responded with a run of their own, a 21-7 spurt.
The Mavericks shot 50.6% from the field, went 13-of-27 from three and seven different players connected from deep.
The Mavericks got contributions from almost everyone – Jae Crowder, who was filling in for an injured Shawn Marion, had 14 points, four rebounds and three steals, Jose Calderon scored 13 points and Wayne Ellington had 12.
The Mavericks are now 23-16 while the Magic are 10-28.