DALLAS -- Three times this season the Dallas Mavericks have watched large leads evaporate into disappointing losses.
But they weren't about to let that happen again on Monday.
The Mavs led Orlando by 22 points late in the second quarter, only to see the Magic get within nine points (91-82) with 6:17 remaining the game. However, unlike in earlier games where they blew healthy leads to the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, the Mavs held on and defeated the Magic, 107-88, at American Airlines Center.
While learning from their past transgressions, guard Monta Ellis said the Mavs knew to "just keep our composure, keep doing the things that we were doing and get some stops down at the other end.
"The biggest thing was we knew that they were going to continue to fight the whole game. But we found a way to come out with the win.''
Back on Nov. 29 the Mavs led the Hawks by 17 points and lost, 88-87, and they held an 18-point lead against the Warriors and lost, 95-93, on Dec. 11. Also, Dallas bolted to a 19-point lead at home against the Raptors, but that lead went up in flames and the Mavs lost, 109-108 in overtime.
-- Dwain Price
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