Orlando, FL - Monta Ellis had 19 points and eight assists to help the Dallas Mavericks hold off the Orlando Magic for a 108-100 victory Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki and DeJuan Blair added 18 apiece for the Mavericks, who won for the eighth straight time in Orlando.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 25 points and four assists. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 15.
Orlando trimmed a 15-point first-half deficit to 91-87 after Vucevic's layup with 6:58 left in the game. The Magic had chances to get closer, but Vucevic missed another layup attempt, rookie guard Victor Oladipo committed back-to-back turnovers and Afflalo missed a jumper.
Shawn Marion ended Dallas' drought with a 3-pointer from the corner, the Mavs first points in nearly four minutes. A 3 from Nowitzki stretched the lead to 100-91 with 3:10 left and the Magic never got closer.
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