Found January 21, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
The Orlando Magic (14-26) jumped out to an early lead of 18-4 against the Dallas Mavericks (18-24), but were unable to maintain their momentum. From that point until the end of the first half, the Mavericks were able to shoot just over 70% from the field. A 19-2 Mavericks run ensued, and the Mavericks held the upper-hand for most of the game after that. The Magic fought their way back into the game and were only two points behind in the 4th quarter when Darren Collison drained a corner three with 31 seconds left to extend the lead to 107-102. Six seconds later, J.J. Redick drained a three of his own, making it a 107-105. After that, the fouling game began and the Mavericks did not miss any from the charity stripe, coasting to a 111-105 victory. This was a difficult loss, because the Magic really did play a decent game outside of that portion of the first quarter where they allowed a 19-2 run. Five different Magic players scored 14 or more points. Vucevic began another double-double streak after falling a single rebound short, against the Bobcats, of continuing his previous streak. Jameer had 20 points/5 assists/6 rebounds; going 4/9 from beyond the arc. For those that believe J.J. might be traded before the deadline, he continued to improve his stock with a great 18 points/4 assists/4 rebound game off of the bench. Glen Davis had a game-high point total of 24 with 6 assists/6 rebounds. Unfortunately, the Magic received very little help from the rest of their players. Josh McRoberts, E'Twaun Moore, and DeQuan Jones were particularly abysmal, albeit in very limited minutes. Andrew Nicholson posted a DNP, only the second of his rookie season. The ghost of old Vince Carter came back to haunt the Magic. His +/- was a +22 off the bench, doubling the next highest of any player on either team (Glen Davis +11). He had 15 points/6 assists/3 blocks. Vince Carter playing defense? Yeah, it happened...moving on. The Mavericks had 7 players that totaled double-digit points and shot 53.3% from deep as a team. Now that they are healthy, the Mavericks are showing why they looked potentially lethal when they were first assembled. O.J. Mayo is a fantastic scorer and we all know what Dirk is capable of. There bench is also surprisingly strong. Rookie Jae Crowder fits very well with Elton Brand and Vince Carter to bring some energy back on the court when the reserves come in (if you haven't seen Jae Crowder, he looks like a less-intimidating version of Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets). The Magic look to break their streak of 7 games lost in a row to sub.500 teams against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Congratulations to Davor for winning the Crystal Ball prediction contest for this game. This was the final game of the week, so your Week 4 Crystal Ball predictions winner is.......JACOB GAINEY! Congratulations, Jacob! The leaderboards are updated daily and are available from the header bar at the top of the site. Come join us for week 5!

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