Magic deal Mavs third straight loss


Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Jameer Nelson scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 25 to help the Orlando Magic beat Dallas 108-99 on Friday night and hand the Mavericks their third straight loss.
Dallas fell another half-game behind San Antonio in the playoff chase to clinch the Southwest Division, putting them 2 games back with nine left to play. The teams are battling for the West's best record, but since they are both in the same division the second place finisher will get the No. 4 seed when the playoffs start in three weeks. The top three seeds go to division winners.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 38 points and 15 rebounds. Jason Terry scored 23 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 14. Josh Howard started his first game after missing the last nine, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds.
Dallas has now lost five of last seven games, while Orlando has won seven in a row at home.
Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.
The Magic led 87-70 after three quarters, but Dallas opened the fourth with a 15-4 run to close the gap to 91-85 with 6:42 left.
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