Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Saturday, December 22nd
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Mavericks102
Game 2: Monday, January 14th
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Magic113

Magic 80

(13-16, 6-11 away)

Mavericks 102

 

    7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2001

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 21 20 17 2280
    DAL 24 34 20 24102

    Top Performers

    Orl: M. Miller 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Dal: T. Hardaway 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mavs slow down Magic, win sixth straight

    DALLAS (AP) -- After a slow start, Tim Hardaway is finally getting comfortable coming off the bench.

    Tim Hardaway
    Hardaway

    Hardaway continued his recent roll as a super sub by scoring a season-high 18 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks past the deflating Orlando Magic 102-80 Saturday night in a matchup of the league's highest-scoring teams.

    "I'm having fun and enjoying it," said Hardaway, a five-time All-Star who signed with Dallas in the offseason knowing he'd be backing up Steve Nash. "I told everyone to bear with me and here it is."

    Hardaway was scoreless in four of the first 19 games and had three points or less three more times. He's averaging 14.3 points in the eight games since, with Dallas winning the last six.

    The Mavericks needed Hardaway against the Magic because Michael Finley and Steve Nash combined for 31 points, one game after scoring 33 each, and because leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki played just 20 minutes because of a sprained right ankle.

    "Tim made some big shots," Finley said. "There was one period where we couldn't make any shots and he came in and hit a couple."

    Orlando led by five in the first quarter, then fell way behind after an 18-8 Dallas run to start the second period. The Magic cut a 24-point deficit to 12 with 8:49 left on a dunk by Patrick Ewing, then Hardaway hit a 3-pointer and the Mavericks cruised from there.

    Dallas came in averaging 102.3 points, just ahead of Orlando's 101.9. The Magic hurt their total with a season-low 75 points Friday night; this was their second-lowest total.

    It's no coincidence that Orlando's funk began when Grant Hill went out with a season-ending ankle injury and Tracy McGrady started having back problems.

    "It's tough to make shots when you don't have guys to create shots, and two of the best creators are on the sidelines," Magic coach Doc Rivers said, adding that McGrady should return Wednesday.

    Mike Miller had 20 points and the other four starters combined for 21. Other than Ewing's 16 points, no backup had more than half that. Jud Buechler played 22 minutes without scoring.

    Orlando, playing its third game in four nights, shot 29 percent in the first quarter and only 33 percent for the game.

    Darrell Armstrong and Troy Hudson each went 2-for-11, with Armstrong going 1-for-8 on 3-pointers. The Magic was 4-for-22 on 3-pointers en route to its fourth loss in five games and the seventh in nine.

    The Mavericks knew they were playing a depleted team, which meant the chance to start their three-day Christmas break early. Coach Don Nelson took advantage of the big lead and gave Finley and Nash fewer minutes than usual.

    "They've got injuries, but we've got a job to do, and that's to win," Hardaway said.

    Six players scored at least 10 points and some of the other scorers hit key baskets. Wang Zhizhi hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the second-quarter spurt that broke things open and Danny Manning's only field goal gave Dallas 100 points; the Mavs are 14-0 when scoring that many this season.

    "They got everyone contributing, with six guys in double figures," Ewing said. "That's tough to beat."

    Magic guard Jeryl Sasser came off the injured list prior to tipoff, allowing him to make his NBA debut in the city where he grew up and went to college.

    Sasser, Orlando's first-round pick after being the career scoring leader at Southern Methodist, had three points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

    Game notes
    Mavericks forward Donnell Harvey, a second-year player who rarely plays, showed his superb athleticism by hanging in the air and reaching way back for a third-quarter tip-in. ... To make room for Sasser, the Magic placed center Steven Hunter on the injured list with an injured right foot. ... Dallas scored 34 points in the second quarter, its most in either of the first two periods this season. ... This was the 997th victory for Dallas coach Don Nelson.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ORL
    DAL
    Points 80 102
    FGM-FGA 29-87 (.333) 35-81 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 4-22 (.182) 10-23 (.435)
    FTM-FTA 18-25 (.720) 22-27 (.815)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 22-54 14-49
    Assists 15 22
    Turnovers 13 8
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 17 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Orlando
    Dallas
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Hardaway Hardaway
    Points: 18
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0