Why the Mavs won: The Dallas Mavericks parlayed their best half of the season into a workmanlike 121-108 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. In winning for the third straight time, the Mavs are now 4-1 on this six-game home stand which ends Thursday against Sacramento. The Mavs scored 69 points in the first half when they led by eight points. It’s the most points the Mavs have scored in any half this season.
Key players: Wesley Matthews led the Mavs with 21 points and reached the 7,000th-point plateau for his career. Also for the Mavs, Dirk Nowitzki tallied 19, and Chandler Parsons and J. J. Barea each poured in 17 points. In addition, Zaza Pachulia collected 17 points and 10 rebounds while finishing with his 24th double-double of the season.
Key stat: The Mavs shot 55.8 percent from the field and had 96 points after the third quarter.
Records: Magic 26-33, Mavs 33-28