Monday , Jan , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs visit Celtics

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics try to put the brakes on a two-game
losing streak when they welcome the Dallas Mavericks tonight to TD Banknorth
Garden.

The Celtics suffered a tough loss on Saturday to Washington. Gilbert Arenas
drained a pair of free throws with three seconds left and finished with 31
points and seven assists, as the Wizards defeated Boston, 103-102, at MCI
Center.

Ricky Davis scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight
helpers in the loss to Washington for the Celtics, who have dropped three of
four and six of their last eight games overall. Paul Pierce finished with 23
points in the loss.

Boston is 10-7 at home this season.

Dallas comes into tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak. All-Star Dirk
Nowitzki had 26 points, including seven straight down the stretch, to lead the
Mavericks over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 83-79, on Saturday at American
Airlines Center. Nowitzki went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe and pulled down
seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won seven of their last nine games
overall.

Josh Howard finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Terry chipped in
with 11 points in the victory over the Timberwolves for Dallas, which played
Minnesota for the last time this season and won two of the three games.

The Mavericks, who will visit the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Madison
Square Garden, are 12-5 on the road this season. they have won four of their
last five as the visitor.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
December 10th, Nowitzki scored 24 points and Devin Harris chipped in 19
as Dallas downed the Celtics, 103-94, at American Airlines Center.

Dallas has won four straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series.
The Mavericks have won five of six and six of their last nine at Boston.

BOS DAL