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Old 12-22-2010, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default New Magic still adjusting, lose to the tough Mavericks

Mavericks beat new-look Magic for Florida sweep -- The AP reports: Caron Butler scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and the streaking Mavericks became the latest team to topple the reconstructed Magic in a 105-99 victory Tuesday night... Nowitzki also passed Celtics great Larry Bird for 25th on the NBA’s career scoring list, finishing the night at 21,798 points. Tyson Chandler added 16 points to help the Mavericks pull away in the fourth quarter for their 16th win in 17 games... The Magic again looked like a team that hasn’t had time to hold a practice since newcomers Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu were acquired on Saturday. They’ve lost the first two games since the pair of blockbuster trades and dropped eight of their last nine. The latest came on another monster night for Howard, who had 26 points and 23 rebounds but got no help from his new teammates. Howard has had at least 20 rebounds in three straight games.

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