A couple of hours after Rick Carlisle floated the hot-button theory that the Mavericks have a new “Big Three,” his team went out and proved him wrong.

For one night, they had a “Big Six.” Maybe even more.

Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Vince Carter again did plenty of work Saturday night, but the Mavericks got support from everybody who stepped on the floor, and their versatility was pivotal in a 108-100 bounce-back win over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

A night after combining for 69 points in a loss at Miami, Ellis, Nowitzki and Carter had a more realistic 49 among them against the Magic.

But there was help from all around, most important from DeJuan Blair, Jose Calderon and Shawn Marion as the Mavericks won their lone trip to Orlando for the eighth consecutive season.

It salvaged a split of their quick run through Florida after dropping a winnable game in Miami on Friday.
Most encouraging? They followed up their season-high 24 turnovers with a season-low 10. Bear in mind, the Magic isn’t in the Heat’s class, but there still is nothing easy about winning on the road anywhere in the NBA.

“We remedied some of our problems from last night,” Carlisle said. “We took care of the ball better and spaced the floor well. We didn’t do a great job when you give up 53 percent [shooting], but when you find a way to get it done on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, you take it and move on.
“We had a lot of guys play well. I thought Marion’s 3 out of the corner was probably what iced the game. That was a huge play.”

Marion’s shot came after Orlando had crept within 91-87 and missed three opportunities to tighten things further. Marion, stationed in the corner, got a perfect feed from Ellis, who had eight assists to go with nine from Jose Calderon.

A couple of possessions later, Ellis took a charge from Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo, who had a miserable night with nine turnovers. Those two plays made a huge difference.

“That’s something Coach always tells me, when I penetrate, look for my shooters,” Ellis said. “[And on the charge], that’s what we needed. He was out of control. I just stepped my body in there and took a charge.”

The Maverick had six players in double figures, but with the assists from the backcourt and Nowitzki drawing a lot of defensive attention, it was another example of how the Mavericks can manufacture a big offensive night even when nobody scores more than 19 points.