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Mavs cruise past Celtics
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates a basket during Celtics’ 102-91 loss during the second half Sunday at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Forward Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs cruised to their fifth straight victory, a 102-91 decision over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Nowitzki, on a tear the past seven games, scored 20 points and added five rebounds and four assists. The Mavs went on a 20-5 run bridging the halves to open a three-game road trip with the easy win.
Boston (18-34) used a 13-2 run to get as close as nine points late in the game.
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger shot just 4-for-13 from the floor but recorded his fifth straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and forward Jeff Green scored a team-high 18 points.
The teams stumbled through a low-scoring first quarter, the Mavs emerging ahead 17-16, and Dallas was up by six at the half.
The lead was 17 and the local fans started to boo as Boston’s cold shooting continued. The Celtics finally got over 30 percent from the floor late in the quarter and got the deficit down to 12 in the final minute. However, the margin was up to 16 and the Celtics’ shooting was down to 29.9 percent by the end of the quarter.