Mavs end road trip with another loss

Mavs end road trip with another loss

ORLANDO – The Dallas Mavericks ended their three-game east coast road trip with another loss. The Orlando Magic won 111-106. It was not the Mavericks night. The Magic jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. The Mavs made a comeback, they outscored the Magic in the final quarter 33-19 and cut the lead to six, but it wasn’t enough.

“When you get down 19 at any point in an NBA game, the odds of coming back and winning are very difficult, especially on the road,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “You’ve either got to play close or play from the front. We had a poor start. Second half we did better, but we’ve got to stay in the fight.”

Luka Dončić led Dallas with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Dirk Nowitzki got a standing ovation when he entered the game. It was the 1,505th regular-season game of his career. He passed John Stockton for the third all time in games played. Only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) are ahead of Nowitzki. Dirk scored 15 points in Orlando and is now only 40 points behind Wilt Chamberlain for sixth most in NBA history.

The Mavs have now lost four straight games and nine of the last ten games. They are tied with Washington for the NBA’s seventh-worst record. Dallas will host the Houston Rockets on Sunday.