Terry leads Mavs over Magic; win streak hits 15
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Terry scored 29 points and dished out
15 assists, as Dallas set a franchise-record with its 15th straight win,
edging the pesky Orlando Magic, 103-98, at American Airlines Center.
Dirk Nowitzki had another MVP-type performance with 24 points, nine rebounds
and seven assists for the Mavericks, who stretched their franchise-record home
winning streak to 22 contests.
Josh Howard ended with 21 points for Dallas, which eclipsed the 14 straight
wins set at the start of the 2002-03 season. They’ve won 36 of the last 38
games overall and haven’t lost since January 25 at Chicago.
The Mavericks top the league with an incredible 50-9 record thus far, but for
a while Saturday night it looked as if the Magic may be able to stop the
Dwight Howard had 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Magic,
who have lost nine straight times at Dallas. Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points and
seven boards for Orlando, which has dropped three in a row and seven of eight
Trevor Ariza’s three-point play boosted the Magic to an 81-75 lead with 9:30
left, but the visitors couldn’t hold on, as Nowitzki’s three-pointer gave the
Mavs an 89-86 edge with 4:43 left.
Orlando came back to tie the game at 96 on two free throws from Jameer Nelson
with 1:57 left, but Terry responded with a jumper, then stole the ball off a
poor pass from Nelson. That led to a three-point play from Josh Howard with 1
1/2 minutes left.
Dwight Howard’s free throws had the visitors within 101-98 16 seconds later,
but after Nowitzki missed a three, Darko Milicic turned the ball over for the
Magic, losing the ball in the lane. Nowitzki sealed the win with a jumper with
7.9 seconds left.
Devin Harris ended with 10 points for Dallas, which ended 9-of-21 from three-
point range. That included a 6-for-11 performance from Terry.
Nelson had 17 points, Ariza 11 and Carlos Arroyo 10 for Orlando.
Dallas led 24-19 after one quarter, but the Magic rallied in the second to
grab a 42-40 edge at the half. It remained tight throughout the third, with
Dallas holding a 75-72 lead going into the fourth.
Terry was one assist off a career-high, set March 25, 2003 versus the
Lakers…Nowitzki was 10-of-18 from the floor.