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    The Heat go cold in second half as Magic pull out victory, and Mavs use 31-6 first half run to take big lead, hold on for win over Hornets.

    By pudgebyrd722, Mar 06, 2010

    The first game of this doubleheader was the Magic hosting the Heat in a battle of division-rival, Florida teams. Miami held a lead early, but the Magic were able to recover without much damage done, on pace for a 96-80 win. Orlando won it's 40th game of the season (40-20) while Miami dropped to 29-31. Orlando defeated Miami in a game in which Dwight "Superman" Howard was pretty much invisible, scoring only 7 points and 5 rebounds, battling with foul trouble the whole night. Dwyane Wade, Jermaine O'Neal, and Rafer Alston (21, 16, 15) scored 52 of the 80 Miami points. (65%) The next game was much more exciting. Especially when you saw your team, the Dallas Mavericks, score 35 in the first quarter, 34 in the second, en route to a 69-50 halftime lead over the Hornets. Dallas would only score 39 in the second half, though. The Hornets, after trailing by as many as 25, made it a game, once bringing the score to 101-97. But Dirk was clutch, scoring 14 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas won it's seventh straight game, improving to 39-21. Darren Collison, the rookie, scored 35 points in place of the injured Chris Paul, showing off a very impressive performance. Wasn't enough, though, as New Orleans dropped to 31-29.moreless

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