Mavs roll past Celtics
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Jason Terry poured in 29 points on 11-of-15
shooting and dished out six assists, as Dallas trounced Boston, 109-95, at TD
Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and Josh Howard netted 19 with 11 rebounds for the
Mavericks, who have won five straight and an incredible 22 of their last 24
games. Devin Harris contributed 18 points and six helpers in the victory.
“Really, 28 assists for us tonight was key,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson
said. “We really had a great night offensively. Four guys in double figures,
our point guards were really strong. We have been making a point of emphasis
to get the ball in the post and thats why we had so many points in there
Dallas finished 56.4 percent shooting in the contest to move to 4-0 on a six-
game road trip.
Paul Pierce scored 30 points — 22 in the first half — despite a 5-of-18
shooting performance for the Celtics, who have dropped three in a row. Gerald
Green chipped in 19 points, Allan Ray added 13 and Al Jefferson pulled down 11
boards in defeat.
“Dallas has such a good team,” Pierce said. “They have the ability to turn it
on when they want to. It just seemed like they took their game to another
level. For us, we’ve got to be on point all game. We can’t have those games
against the best teams in the NBA.”
Dallas stormed out of the gate in the first quarter and built a 25-7 advantage
with Terry’s layup ending a 7-0 spurt at the 4:01 mark.
The Celtics took a 33-16 lead into the second frame, and led by as many as 21,
before Boston went on a 15-0 burst — helped by Pierce’s eight points — to
cut it to 45-39 with 4:33 left.
Then, Pierce drained 4-of-4 from the line in the final 36 seconds to close
within 56-51 at halftime.
Dallas dominated the second half by going on a 23-8 run in the third quarter
for a 79-59 cushion with 5:23 remaining. Nowitzki later hit a layup to put the
Mavericks up by 21 in the closing moments.
It was much of the same in the final frame as Dallas led by double digits
throughout, while Boston could only get as close as the final score.
The Celtics shot a dismal 36.4 percent from the field.
The Mavericks have won seven straight and 13 of the last 14 meetings with the
Celtics…Dallas shot 54 percent from three-point range and Boston converted
50 percent from beyond the arc…Dallas outrebounded Boston, 41-34.