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- Oddly enough, the road team has won the last nine meetings in this series, including the Mavericks’ 111-105 victory in Orlando on Jan. 20. The Magic haven’t had much success on the road this season, however, losing eight straight. Dallas has won three of four on its current homestand, which ends tonight.
- Seven players scored in double figures for the Mavericks in the first meeting, including all five starters. Shawn Marion posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Darren Collison added 11 points and nine assists. Glen Davis led Orlando with 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 11 boards. Dallas committed only eight turnovers and outscored the Magic 22-10 on the fast break.
- Before the game, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle sounded like a man who was tired of talking about tomorrow’s NBA trade deadline. “The trade deadline doesn’t bother me at all. I couldn’t care less about it. We never do anything. We made one big deal in five years,” he said. “Players don’t care. These guys are big boys. They can deal with it. … It bothers me zero.”
- When asked about the chances of Dallas making a deal, owner Mark Cuban told reporters, “Who knows. I don’t make predictions, but we’ll listen to everything. We won’t do something to do something.”
- Also asked about the trade deadline, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed that J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson and the rest of the team’s healthy players would be in action tonight. “I expect to play every single guy that suits up,” he said. “I hope they’re ready to play and I’m ready to coach.”