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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,306

Mavericks look to get well versus Magic

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Magic lost to Cleveland, 131-127, on Saturday and are now 1-13 over their past 14 games. This is Orlando's worst 14-game stretch since also going 1-13 from March 12 through April 7 in 2013.
  2. Dallas lost its third straight game after falling to the Knicks at home, 100-96. In the loss, the Mavericks tied a season low with just six made three-pointers and their .380 field-goal percentage was their fifth-lowest clip of the season.
  3. The Mavericks and Magic split their season series last year with the Mavericks winning the second matchup, 112-80, in Dallas. The Mavericks averaged 15 three-pointers per game in the two games at a 47.6 percent clip from downtown.
  4. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging career highs this season in three-point percentage (.422), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.32), and effective field-goal percentage (.552).
  5. Aaron Gordon is shooting 39.0 percent from three-point range after shooting 28.8 percent last season. Of players who have played at least 70 percent of team games and have at least 0.7 three-point made per team game, this improvement of +10.2 percent is the second-largest in the NBA this season behind Trey Lyles (+14.8 percent)
  6. Elfrid Payton is averaging 6.6 assists per game this season and has averaged at least six assists per game in all four years of his career. Payton is on pace to break Anfernee Hardaway's franchise record for consecutive seasons to begin a career averaging at least six assists per game.

The Dallas Mavericks are in danger of finishing up a four-game homestand on the opposite end of where it began.

After closing out 2017 by winning four in row, the Mavericks are hoping to avoid a four-game skid Tuesday night against the slumping Orlando Magic at American Airlines Center.

The Mavs (13-28) trailed throughout their latest setback, 100-96 to New York on Sunday, before mounting a rally late. Despite being down 13 in the fourth quarter, Dallas had the ball with a chance to take the lead twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

The message in the fourth quarter had more to do with heart than anything a coach could draw up.

"It was kind of like, man up," said Harrison Barnes, who scored a team-high 25. "I mean, we are in this situation, the shots and the plays that they are getting. It's one thing if it's where we are getting out executed. But it was effort plays. It was offensive rebounds, miss communications, wide-open shots. I feel like once we dug down, we were able to get back into the game."

While the Mavs had a chance at the end, the rest of the game was a concern.

"It started off early in the game," Barnes said. "Us starters have to do a better job just controlling the pace, controlling the tempo. We just let them get off to a good start and it was tough for us to get back into the game. We got some shots, we got it close, but if we put ourselves in that deficit it's hard to battle back."

Orlando (12-28) has dropped four straight and 13 of 14 as it embarks on a three-game road trip. The Magic put in a scare against Cleveland in their last outing before falling 131-127.

The Cavaliers were in control for much of the game, only to have Orlando make its share of runs before running out of gas.

"We played hard and we didn't quit on the game, but I feel like we shouldn't have been in a 20-point hole," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "The way we came out in the third quarter flat was very disappointing and we've got to honor the fundamentals of the game, especially on the defensive end, getting back on transition and hitting your man on a shot. When we continue to have breakdowns like that, we're going to continue to lose games."

Aaron Gordon scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half. Elfrid Payton added 20 points.

"I liked the fight that we played with, but we've got to play with that the whole game for us to compete and make a push," Gordon said. "My teammates put their trust in me, but we're all just trying to make the right play."

Dallas has won nine of the last 11 and 21 of the last 28 regular-season meetings with Orlando, and hasn't lost a season series with the Magic since 1997-98. The Mavericks have won also five straight and 15 of the last 18 regular-season showdowns in Dallas.

Updated January 8, 2018

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