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Orlando Blows Away Mavs 100-79

The pillars of the Dallas Mavericks proved no problem for Bo Outlaw.

Outlaw, going up against 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley and 7-foot Chris Anstey, scored a career-high 29 points as the Orlando Magic won 100-79 Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-8 Outlaw finished 11-for-17 from the field and also had 11 rebounds as the Magic dominated Dallas on the boards 47-29.

Even Mavericks coach Don Nelson was cheering Outlaw's performance.

"We didn't have a guy who could handle him," Nelson said. "He killed us. You have to root for a guy like that."
Outlaw helped make up for an unusually quiet night by Nick Anderson, who was averaging 30.8 points in his previous four games but was held to 13 against the Mavs.

"Dallas threw an automatic double-team at Nick and he did his job, which was to pass out quickly and get other people shots," said Magic coach Chuck Daly. "We'll probably see a lot more of that with the way Nick's been playing."

It was the Magic's fifth straight victory and the Mavericks fifth straight loss. Derek Harper scored 18 points for the Magic, while Michael Finley led Dallas with 16.

The Magic scored only 17 points in the first period, but still trailed by only two points.

Orlando increased its lead to 44-34 by halftime, thanks to Outlaw's 13 points and a 25-15 edge on the boards. Dallas had only two offensive rebounds in the half.

The Magic finally broke away in the middle of the third period with a 13-3 run to open up an 18-point lead. Harper started the run with five straight free throws and Outlaw finished it with six straight points, including a three-point play that made it 66-48 with 3:50 left in the period.

The Mavericks pulled within 12 points with 8:30 left in the fourth period, but never got any closer.

"We just didn't have a good effort tonight. We've got to compete harder and find a way to be a factor," Nelson said.

Notes: Finley, who had a season-low eight points in his last game, was 8-of-15 from the field. ... Orlando's Chuck Daly has now coached 999 games in the NBA. .... Dallas has been under 42 percent shooting the last six games. The Mavs shot 48 percent against Orlando. ... Magic starting center Danny Schayes outrebounded Mavs' starting center Shawn Bradley 12-0.

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