NBA.com has reported that the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Orlando Magic with the score 99-96 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks played a solid game, they shot 43.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 62.5 percent from the charity stripe. Salah Mejri led the Mavs in rebounds grabbing nine, he also added one point and one steal. The Orlando Magic turned the ball over seven times more than the Dallas Mavericks, the Mavs also outrebounded the Magic 48-44 in last night's game.

Augustin scores 24 points in 24 minutes

DJ Augustin stepped up last night against the Dallas Mavericks.

He scored a game-high of 24 points, he also added one rebound and five assists. He shot 64.3 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc. The Orlando Magic do not have a big-time scorer in their lineup, they will have to rely on someone to step up offensively this upcoming NBA season.

Nikola Vucevic grabs 14 rebounds

Nikola Vucevic continues to prove that he should be noticed as part of the top big man in NBA. Last night, he contributed nine points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. He did struggle from the field, he only shot 30.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Orlando Magic will not win many games this upcoming season with them still in rebuild mode ever since Dwight Howard left the team a couple of years ago.

Dennis Smith Jr. showing great promise and potential

Dennis Smith Jr.

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had another solid game last night against the Orlando Magic. He contributed 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block. He shot 46.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Dennis Smith Jr. despite being a rookie will probably get some big-time minutes this upcoming NBA season, especially if he can continue to play well.

JJ Barea dishes out nine assists

JJ Barea looked terrific last night against the Orland Magic. He contributed eight points, nine assists, and two steals. He shot 57.1 percent from the field and he only committed one turnover in 19 minutes of gameplay. With the rise of Dennis Smith Jr. and Barea's diminishing value due to his age, we will surely see Dennis Smith Jr. playing more minutes than Barea in the near future. That is if Dennis Smith Jr. can continue to play great basketball. But going into the season, the Dallas Mavericks will have to hope that Barea is in tip-top shape in order for them to have a chance in the very tough western conference.