Magic 112, Mavericks 100
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Darrell Armstrong scored a career-high 33 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-100 Wednesday night.
Armstrong, whose previous high was 29 points, made 12 of 20 shots, including 6-of-11 on 3-pointers.
Michael Finley led Dallas with 35 points on 15-of-34 shooting.
Erick Strickland hit a 3-pointer with 41.3 seconds remaining to cut Orlando’s lead to 104-100, but the Magic closed the game with an 8-0 run.
The Magic led 88-73 with 10:24 remaining, but Dallas went on a 15-4 run to cut the margin to 92-88. However, Chris Gatling scored seven of Orlando’s next nine points to help the Magic take a 101-93 lead with 2:33 remaining.
Gatling finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for Dallas.
Hubert Davis’ 3-pointer with 6:05 remaining in the third quarter cut Orlando’s lead to 69-65. But the Magic built its lead back to 79-67 when Gatling made a layup with 2:33 left, and Dallas finished the third quarter with a 6-2 run to make it 81-73.
Armstrong scored 22 points, including 5-of-8 from long range, as Orlando took a 61-49 halftime lead.
Notes: Orlando rookie Corey Maggette did not play because of an infected left foot. ... The Magic placed guard Earl Boykins on the injured list because of tendinitis in his kneecap. ... The Magic activated guard Anthony Parker, who missed the first 11 games of the season with a sprained knee ligament. ... Dallas’ Cedric Ceballos did not travel with the team because of the flu. Robert Pack (groin strain) also did not travel.