Coming off another late, heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, the Orlando Magic traveled to Dallas to take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. The Magic barely tried all night, getting blown out by the surging Mavericks, 112-80.
The Magic got off to a quick start, jumping out to an early lead thanks to some quality looks offensively, and some good pressure on the defensive end. Things quickly turned south for the Magic, as they became lazy on both ends, playing carelessly with the ball offensively, and losing Maverick players left and right defensively. The visiting Magic struggled to hit open shots, while Dallas hit seemingly every shot in the second half of the opening quarter. Behind a four-pack of three-pointers from Wesley Matthews, the Mavericks held a six point lead, 29-23, over the struggling Magic.
Once up by seven, the Magic looked like a completely different team once again in the second quarter. Dallas continued it’s torrid play on the offensive end, knocking down shot after shot en route to a 32-12 second quarter. Orlando’s offense was putrid, with poor ball movement and a horrendous shot selection, while the defense continued to struggle with the Mavericks off ball movement and crisp passing. At the half, the Magic were poised for their 12th loss in 15 games, trailing the Mavericks by 26, 61-35.
After the halftime break, the Magic were still the same lethargic, uninspired team they were in the first half. Players continued to miss assignments, and got out-hustled in seemingly every aspect of the game, with some players even looking like they didn’t want to be on the court with their low energy levels. Despite shots not falling at the same rate they were in the first half, the Mavericks were able to continue to grow their lead, pushing it over the 30 point mark for much of the quarter. After three the Magic were done, down 32, 84-52 to the Mavericks.
With nothing to play for, both teams emptied their benches for the fourth quarter. Despite having a generally fine game on the defensive end, Mario Hezonja continued to struggle guarding cuts, getting beat regularly. Bismack Biyombo continued to fight and show seemingly the only fight anyone on the Magic showed all night.
Four Mavericks finished in double figures, led by Matthews game-high 20. Seth Curry and Dirk Nowitzki each added 14 on the night. Recent signee Yogi Ferrell finished with 10 off the bench. Nicolas Brussino scored 10 of his own in the fourth.
Bismack Biyombo scored 15 to lead the Magic. Evan Fournier added 14, with C.J. Watson scoring 10.