Maxi Kleber's big night helps Mavericks win on the street


ORLANDO, Florida – All-star Luka Doncic did his usual thing in Orlando and got unexpected help from teammate Maxi Kleber.

Doncic almost had a triple double and ended with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. The Dallas Mavericks drove past Magic 122-106 on Friday evening.

Kleber added a career high of 26 points from the bank as the Mavericks improved to 19-8 on the road this season. They have only won 18 street games in the last two seasons together.

"I've probably never had a night like this in the NBA," said Kleber, a 6-foot-10 striker from Germany who played his third season in the league. "I didn't really notice it. It just happened that way."

Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 28 points. Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Terrence Ross scored 19 points for the Magic, which was doomed to failure after another dark night of shooting. Orlando made only 9 out of 43 attempts from 3-point range and shot only 39% off the ground.

"We had a lot of open shots throughout the game," said Orlando coach Steve Clifford. "What's better than a wide-open shot? You have to do it."

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The Magic was down 18 points in the first half, but was 18 points behind Fourniers in the third quarter. The shooter hit four of his first five shots to trigger a 17: 4 run in the first five minutes of the second half. His driving baseline gave Orlando his first game lead, 69-68.

This one-point advantage held possession of the ball and proved to be the only lead from Orlando. Porzingis dropped a 12-foot run to put Dallas back in the lead, and the Mavericks extended the lead to 91-84 by the end of the period.

Kleber scored 12 points in just over 3 minutes at the start of the fourth round to help the Mavs take the 107-93 lead. The striker from Germany scored three direct 3-point points and ended his run with a three-point game that started with a thrilling dunk.

The Mavericks never let the magic get closer than 11 to the rest of the game.

Doncic had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half, which Dallas consistently controlled. Doncic, Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 8 of 13 3s together, while Orlando only scored 3 of 22 remotely before the break.

Kleber made 3 out of 6 behind the 3-point line.

"It's great to have 7 feet that can shoot," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle about Kleber. “The boost he gave us in the fourth quarter was huge. It gave us some separation and allowed us to take the game home. "