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Brandon Bass welcomed himself back to Dallas by carrying the Orlando Magic to a win in the preseason opener.
The ex-Maverick scored seven points during a 10-0 run in the final few minutes that gave the Magic the lead for good. Bass finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the Mavericks' 110-105 loss, doing the bulk of his damage once the stars sat on the bench.
Bass was a nice find for the Mavs as a street free agent, providing scoring punch off the pine while making a minimum salary the last two seasons. But the Magic's offer of $18 million over four years was far too rich for Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who didn't see Bass as anything more than a decent reserve in Dallas.