POSTED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 8:01pm
UPDATED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 10:11pm
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine games with a 117-107 victory over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Jason Richardson scored 20 points and Jameer Nelson had 16 for Orlando, which rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit.
Hedo Turkoglu contributed 13 points and 17 assists, and Gilbert Arenas had 14 points for the Magic.
DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 24 points for the Mavericks, who were without top scorer Dirk Nowitzki for his career-high seventh straight game with a sprained right knee.
Dallas Mavericks top scorer Dirk Nowitzki missed his seventh straight game with a sprained right knee when he was inactive Saturday night against the Orlando Magic.
Nowitzki attempted to run at practice on Thursday, but he experienced pain and was told by the team's medical staff to shut down the workout.
When Nowitzki sustained the injury on Dec. 27 in a game at Oklahoma City, he thought he'd be out for only a short time.
But he hasn't healed as quickly as he hoped, and remains listed as day-to-day.
Nowitzki averages 24.1 points.
Earlier in the week, the Mavericks learned that No. 3 scorer Caron Butler was probably out for the season with a torn tendon in his right knee.