Mar 30, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) attempts a shot over Orlando Magic small forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Dallas defeated Orlando 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Magic Vs. Mavericks: Orlando Squanders Second-Half Lead To Lose By 2

Dirk Nowitzki hit a bank shot with less than six seconds remaining to give Dallas, which trailed by 15 points in the second half, a two-point win in Orlando.

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NBA Standings 2012: Magic Standings Update

Following Friday night's 100-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic have now lost two straight games and find their chances of catching the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference's Southeast division to be slim at best. With just 14 games left in this strike shortened season, Orlando's record is 32-20. While this is still good enough for second place in the Southeast division, they are six games behind the front running Heat.

The Magic currently hold the third spot in the overall Eastern Conference playoff standings, but there are a number of teams right behind them. Teams such as the Indiana Pacers (30-20), Atlanta Hawks (31-22), and Boston Celtics (29-22) are all on Orlando's heels and each is pushing hard to improve their playoff positioning down the stretch.

Orlando will look to break their current two game slide and maintain their slim lead in the playoff standings over their conference foes when they take on the Denver Nuggets (28-24) tomorrow evening at the Amway Center.

For more news and analysis on the Orlando Magic, head on over to Orlando PInstriped Post. Also, be sure to head on over to the SB Nation NBA Hub Page for all the latest news from all 30 teams leading up to the playoffs and on the road to the NBA FInals.

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Mavericks Vs. Magic Recap: Orlando Squanders Second-Half Lead To Lose By 2

The Orlando Magic took their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter and gave a away a win to Dallas, falling 100-98 to the Mavericks at Amway Center. The Magic struggled on the offensive end in the final quarter and Dallas came out hot, riding 29-fourth quarter points to victory. They were plagued by a spate of turnovers allowing Dallas to recover from a 15-point second half deficit. Dirk Nowitzki's bank shot with less than six seconds remaining sealed the win.

Dwight Howard put up 19 points and 14 boards but it was not enough to match Nowitzki, who went off for a game-high 28 points. Jameer Nelson led all Magic scorers with 24 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in with 21. This was the sixth straight loss to the Mavericks in Orlando. The Magic now host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening, looking to get back on track after two straight tough losses.

For more news and analysis on the Orlando Magic, head on over to Orlando PInstriped Post. For more on the Dallas Mavericks, stop by Mavs Moneyball. Still not enough basketball for you? Head on over to the SB Nation NBA Hub Page for all the latest news from all 30 teams leading up to the playoffs and on the road to the NBA FInals.

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Magic Vs. Mavericks: Game Time, TV Schedule, And More

The Orlando Magic are looking to rebound from an embarassing 108-86 loss to the New York Knicks Wednesday night, and they'll have the chance to do so at home against the Dallas Mavericks Friday. Here is all the information you need to enjoy tonight's game.

Location: Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Magic TV: FS Florida (Game is being shown nationally on ESPN)
Magic Radio: WDBO 580 AM
Magic-Mavericks Line: Orlando by 5

There is plenty more to come from tonight's game, so make sure to stay tuned to this StoryStream and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more news and analysis on the Orlando Magic, head on over to Orlando PInstriped Post. For more on the Dallas Mavericks, stop by Mavs Moneyball. Still not enough basketball for you? Head on over to the SB Nation NBA Hub Page for all the latest news from all 30 teams leading up to the playoffs and on the road to the NBA FInals.

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Magic Vs. Mavericks Preview: Orlando Needs Consistency Entering Game With Dallas

The Magic are coming off a tough loss to the New York Knicks, can they rebound against a struggling Dallas Mavericks team?

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