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Magic 100, Mavericks 79

February 26, 1998

ORLANDO (AP) _ Bo Outlaw scored a career-high 29 points as the Orlando Magic defeated the Dallas Mavericks 100-79 Wednesday night.

Outlaw also had 11 rebounds as the Magic dominated Dallas on the boards 47-29.

It was the Magic’s fifth straight victory and the Mavericks fifth straight loss. Derek Harper scored 18 points for the Magic, while Michael Finley led Dallas with 16.

The Magic scored only 17 points in the first period, but still trailed by only two points.

Orlando increased its lead to 44-34 by halftime, thanks to Outlaw’s 13 points and a 25-15 edge on the boards. Dallas had only two offensive rebounds in the half.

The Magic finally broke away in the middle of the third period with a 13-3 run to open up an 18-point lead. Harper started the run with five straight free throws and Outlaw finished it with six straight points, including a three-point play that made it 66-48 with 3:50 left in the period.

The Mavericks pulled within 12 points with 8:30 left in the fourth period, but never got any closer.

Notes: Magic guard Nick Anderson, who averaged 30.8 points in his previous four games, was held to 13 by the Mavs. . ... Finley, who had a season-low eight points in his last game, was 8-of-15 from the field. ... Orlando’s Chuck Daly has now coached 999 games in the NBA. .... Dallas has been under 42 percent shooting the last six games. The Mavs shot 48 percent against Orlando. ... Magic starting center Danny Schayes outrebounded Mavs’ starting center Shawn Bradley 12-0.

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