When the Magic play with the sense of desperation they played with when they were down by 10 points with about four minutes to play, they can be a pretty scary team to play. The effort that is already typically pretty high gets ratched higher with that extra level of focus.
The problem is that the focus is not always there. Or not where it needs to be. And Dallas had the answers for Orlando to get the win.
With the Magic making that comeback, the Mavericks found Darren Collison open for a 3-pointer in the corner after a slow rotation on a pick and roll. The three gave Dallas a five-point lead late in the game and kept Orlando chasing points like the team had virtually all night.
J.J. Redick hit an easy 3-pointer to bring the lead back to two and Orlando nearly ripped the game away on a jump ball, but Dallas answered those too and made its free throws to ice a 111-105 victory at Amway Center on Sunday.