Dallas Mavericks 94, Boston Celtics 89
The Celtics got off to a poor shooting start tonight, missing seven of their first ten shots. The Mavericks did not have a good start tonight either; even with Boston's shooting woes, the Mavericks were only able to put together a three-point lead (7-4) before the Celtics scored five quick points to take the lead (9-7). There were four mid first quarter lead changes since then before the Mavericks took a lead that would last throughout the end of the quarter. The Celtics headed to the second quarter with a four-point deficit (26-22). Though it initially seemed that they would have a start as bad as the previous quarter, the Celtics went on an 11-0 run against the Mavericks early in the second quarter. The run gave Boston a four-point lead (37-33); however, Dallas answered with a 6-0 run of their own which put the Mavericks back up by two points (39-37). The Celtics took the lead once again later in the quarter, but the Mavericks took over just as they did in the first quarter and finished the first have with a seven-point advantage (50-43). The Mavericks expanded their lead to ten points early in the third quarter (59-49) before both teams' experienced stifled offense; neither team scored for over two minutes in the middle of the quarter. Dallas scored five quick points, which grew their lead to 15 points (64-49) before the Celtics went on a 12-0 in the final three minutes of the third quarter, cutting the Mavs' lead to three points heading into the final quarter (64-61). Boston missed their first six shots to start the fourth quarter and essentially attempted to play catch-up for the majority of the quarter. The Celtics hacked away at the Mavs' lead and eventually cut it down to one point (90-89). Boston then attempted to play the foul game but were unsuccessful as they lost tonight with a final score of 94-89. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis led Dallas, Nowitzki with 19 points and Ellis with 17 points while Jerryd Bayless and Kelly Olynyk led Boston, Bayless with 19 and Olynyk with 16.
The Celtics have one day off before hosting the Miami Heat in Boston on Wednesday night.