ORLANDO -- It's another fast start for the Dallas Mavericks who will take a 27-21 lead into the second quarter at the new Amway Center against the revamped Orlando Magic.
Dirk Nowitzki continued to close in on Larry Bird and 25th place on the NBA all-time scoring list with eight points on 2-of-3 shooting. He's now three points away from passing the Celtics legend. Caron Butler has seven points. DeShawn Stevenson continues to fire away from 3-point land, hitting both of his attempts in the opening quarter for six points.
Jason Kidd also hit two 3-pointers on five attempts for six points.
Dwight Howard is dominating for the Magic with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Magic are just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, which is big trouble if that doesn't improve.