Final, Mavericks 89-87: Dallas ends the game in a 7-0 run, shutting out the Celtics for the final 1:58. On the final play, the Celtics’ 3-point shooters were covered and Rajon Rondo inbounded the ball to Kevin Garnett, whose desperation heave missed by three feet. A tough loss because the Celtics had countless chances in the final two minutes to score. Nothing would go down.
Fourth quarter, 1.5, Mavericks 89-87: Rajon Rondo misses an open 3-pointer and Ray Allen rebounds but gets fouled. But it’s Dallas’ first foul in the last two minutes, so the Celtics get the ball out of bounds.
Fourth quarter, 17.4, Mavericks 89-87: Celtics offense is out of sync and they missed two chances to score. Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki lays a shoulder into Glen Davis to create space and then calls a 17-footer for the lead. Celtics haven’t scored since the 1:58 mark. They have the ball.
Fourth quarter, 1:13, Tied at 87: Dallas rallies back with five straight points on a Dirk Nowitzki layups, Paul Pierce misses running layup and then an inexcusable 3-pointer by specialist Jason Terry that rattled in. Boston ball.
Fourth quarter, 5:07, Celtics 80-78: Boston had the ball up six with a chance to extend the lead twice but blew it and now the Mavericks have scored consecutive buckets to draw to within two. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have combined for 40 points while Dirk Nowitzki has 17 for Dallas and wants the ball down the stretch.
Fourth quarter, 8:55, Celtics 76-74: Celtics are trying to regain the momentum but Nate Robinson is having an awful time with J.J. Barea, who has scortched him for 11 points and forced Robinson into several mistakes.
End of third quarter, Mavericks 70-69: Dallas ends the quarter on a 7-2 run as the Celtics bench fails to finish off an impressive quarter. Paul Pierce has 22 points and Rajon Rondo 13 assists. Dirk Nowitzki has 15 for Dallas, which shot 4-for-13 from the field in the quarter.
Third quarter, 1:43, Celtics 67-65: The defense has tightened up and shots that were clanging out are going down and Paul Pierce is carrying the team with 22 points in 29 minutes.
Third quarter, 3:30, Celtics 62-61: Boston is playing playoff-caliber defense this quarter and a 15-6 run has got them their first lead in forever. Paul Pierce has 19 for the Celtics. The Maverics are 2-for-11 from the field in the quarter.
Third quarter, 6:14, Mavericks, 57-53: The Celtics are playing with more life but are shorthanded as Jermaine O’Neal left the game with left knee soreness. It seems lilke he’s more than a litlte banged up. An MRI may be possible.
Halftime, Mavericks, 50-40: Paul Pierce scores the last four points of the half to give the Celtics some momentum after their worst first half of the season. They are shooting 37 percent and Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett a combined 4-for-13. A lot to talk about at halftime. The Mavs are shooting 55 percent.
Second quarter, 3:28, Mavericks, 46-34: The Celtics have little to offer right now. All the shots that went down the night before in Oklahoma City are rimming out and the post players are tired. Tyson Chandler is making a living off alley-oops and Dallas is scoring at will.
Second quarter, 5:46, Mavericks, 40-30: The Mavericks are doing everything right so far, as Jason Terry completes a 4-point play and then motions to the crowd as if it’s the NBA Finals. The Mavericks are taking this as a big game. The Celtics? They are struggling with 37-percent shooting and 11 total points from the Big Three.
Second quarter, 9:09, Mavericks, 31-26: The Mavericks’ bench is hurting the Celtics badly. J.J. Barea has a team-high nine points, prompting coach Doc Rivers to jump Nate Robinson and encourage him to play defense. The Celtics are still led by Rajon Rondo’s six points.
End of first quarter, Mavericks, 23-19: J.J. Barea, yes J.J. Barea scores five points in the last 8.9 of the first qiuarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mavs a 4-point lead. Celtics are staying close despite 32-percent shooting and six turnovers, so they have a lot of room for improvement. Rajon Rondo leads Boston with six ppoints.
First quarter, 3:14, Mavericks, 18-15: The Celtics respond quickly with a 6-0 run but Dirk Nowitzki came to play tonight with four points and two assists already. DeShawn Stevenson has hit 3-pointers. Davis and Daniels check in for Boston.
First quarter, 5:29, Mavericks, 13-7: Dallas size is bothering the Celtics, who can’t seem to score an inside bucket despite a handful of chances. The Mavericks are turning Boston misses into fastbreak points. Dallas has six assists already. Boston has zero.
First quarter, 7:37, Tied at 6: The two teams are still feeling each other out, but the Celtics may have gotten a break with DeShawn Stevenson starting over Shawn Marion, who gives the Celtics trouble. Rajon Rondo has already scored two buckets for Boston.