3 encouraging takeaways from Dallas Mavericks disappointing loss to Magic

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Orlando Magic 94-87 after they scored just 33 points in the second half. Dallas was getting quality looks, but they did not fall. Wednesday’s tipoff was moved up to 4:30 p.m. CT because of the severe weather that is expected to hit Florida, so perhaps that threw the Mavs out of their rhythm.

Superstar Luka Doncic snapped his streak of 30-point games to open the season at nine, but there were plenty of positives from number 77, despite his poor shooting. He did not turn the ball over, and that was not even the most impressive part of his performance.

It was a disappointing loss for the Mavericks as their offense struggled mightily in Orlando, but there were plenty of positives to take from the contest. Here are the three biggest things from the Nov. 9 loss in Orlando.

Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Magic: 3. Poor shooting but defense

The Mavs shot just 37.6 percent from the field, and they missed seven of their 19 free throws. They just did not hit shots on Wednesday night. Only one player had it going on the offensive end of the floor, but the Mavericks stayed in the game with their defense. Orlando scored just 94 points, and Dallas just needed a few more makes to secure the win.

The Mavs forced 18 turnovers, but they could not capitalize. The defense was strong on Wednesday night, but the Magic got some hot shooting, and they dominated the glass with their length to pull the upset.

Credit to the Magic on the win, but the Mavs will be happy with their defense. Fans know they will score with Luka Doncic leading their charge, so their defense will be the difference between making a playoff run and being knocked out early. Expect the D to build on this performance.