Mavericks and Magic Face Off in Central Florida Showdown
The Dallas Mavericks take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on Friday night. The Mavericks (33-22) remain poised to put themselves in strong playoff positioning in the Western Conference, although they did head into the All-Star break with a 4-3 mark over their last seven games. However, their last time on the court before the layoff was a success, as they throttled the Sacramento Kings by a 130-111 score on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Luka Doncic made a triumphant return from an ankle injury, pacing the Mavericks with 33 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Kristaps Porzingis generated a 27-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included five assists and three blocks. Tim Hardaway, Jr. netted 19 points, six assists, three boards and one steal. Seth Curry registered 18 points, six assists and three rebounds. The Mavericks will come into Friday's game without any injuries to report. The Magic (24-31) continue to fight to remain relevant in the Eastern Conference, but they did themselves no favors by dropping eight of their last 11 games prior to the All-Star break. Orlando did head into the layoff with back-to-back wins, however, the most recent a 116-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Aaron Gordon paced the Magic with 25 points, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block. Markelle Fultz generated a 22-point, 10-assist double-double that also included five rebounds and two steals. Nikola Vucevic posted 19 points, 11 boards, seven assists, three steals and one block. Evan Fournier matched Vucevic's scoring tally, while Wesley Iwundu poured in 11 points. The Magic will list D.J. Augustin (knee) as questionable for Friday's game. Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) will remain out. Friday's game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Mavericks hold a 1-0 series lead, having notched a 107-106 win Nov. 6.
Posted on: 2/20/2020 5:29 PM