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.
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