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Surprise: Dallas Mavericks fell to Orlando Magic – NBA

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Orlando Magic had the big hit of the day and beat Dallas Mavericks 110-108. Doncic had another marvelous triple-double, but was unable to overcome a dismal performance by his teammates.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The Mavericks interrupted their streak: after two consecutive wins and three in the last four games, Jason Kidd’s team fell to the most unexpected rival, the Orlando Magic, just a few hours after beating the Pacers in the tribute to Rick Carlisle.

They did it in a strange performance in which they speculated a lot with the scoreboard, showed excessive indolence and thought that the victory was going to come alone against a clearly inferior team.

Orlando Magic is last (11-40) in the Eastern Conference, and yet they were hungrier in the final moments and saw the Mavericks miss a huge number of free shots.

The Florida team was happy in a transition season and in which there will be some movement in this market closing on February 10.

Dallas Mavericks were led, as always, by Luka Doncic and started ahead with a 34-23 run, but it was the luxury of forgetting their extraordinary defensive advances to receive the figure of 41 points in the second period.

The team lost concentration, nothing focused on the moment they were living, and from the third period it was a maelstrom of mistakes that led the duel to a heart-stopping end that the Texans were not able to resolve.

There were plenty of opportunities in the form of open shots and even having the last ball to win the game or force extra time.

Luka Doncic had a real game with a triple-double as we are used to: 34 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, a performance that he rounded off with good shooting percentages (13 of 22 in field goals and an acceptable 4 of 9 in triples) and that he only spoiled with 6 turnovers.

The Slovenian was not baited in the end: on the one hand, he scored his last field goal with 6:25 remaining and, from then on, he only got one freer throw and did not shoot any more.

However, he did not go into a maelstrom of errors, he rebounded well, lost just one ball in the entire fourth quarter and found his teammates with insistence, giving up to four possible assists in the last three minutes that were blocked in constant misses.

In the end, he was 7-for-20 from the field in the fourth quarter, with 2-for-12 from three-pointers, eight of them missed in a row.

The Mavericks, who were 14 of 26 on 3s before the start of the fourth quarter, were deservedly shipwrecked despite the good work of the star.

In Dallas there were up to six players above ten points, although the 18 lost balls and the apathy with which they abandoned their rivals to get into the game weighed heavily and then were unable to close the scoring.

The Magic showed a great collective capacity, with up to seven players in double figures, a great 14+14 from Wendell Carter Jr., 19 points from Chuma Okeke as top scorer and good minutes from Franz Wagner.

A strange joy in a season in which strange results are the daily bread.

The Mavericks, who were stalking fourth place from Utah Jazz, are overtaken by Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets. One more change in a classification that does not stop fluctuating.


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