Nowitzki about to shoot a freethrow
Dallas Mavericks thwarted the inside crushing mechanism of the Orlando Magic, limiting their production in the shaded area by only 26 points in contrast to their monstrous 44 points under the rim.
The last 2 wins of Magic was made possible by their huge points in the paint, but now, they’d banged into a great wall inside that not just equal them but also dominated them from within their comfort zone – the shaded area.
Despite the clear defeat of the main weapon of Orlando, still they managed to keep a close game tho they lost by just 3 points. 99-96. They kept up with their 3 point shooting, delivering 17 shots as compared to Mavericks with only 11.
Magic’s offense slacked off a bit due to the pressure defense of Dallas, forcing them to commit turnovers. Dallas has 5 steals in total compared to Orlando with just 4.
Orlando Magic’s loss against Dallas Mavericks isn’t a total failure because they found an effective away to compensate when their inside isn’t working, they can connect from the outside in order to keep up. It’s just they fell one step short.
Mavericks 99 – Smith Jr. 16, Barnes 14, Nowitzki 10, Ferrell 9, Matthews 7 bench – 43
Magic 96 – Augustin 24, Simmons 19, Vucevic 9, Afflalo 6, Isaac 5, bench - 33(video courtesy of Ximo Pierto)