Final: Celtics 97, Mavericks 90

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Kyrie Irving had his way with the Mavericks for the second time in the last month on Wednesday night at the TD Garden. The All-Star guard scored nine of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, which propelled the hosts to a 97-90 win over the Mavs.

Jayson Tatum added a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Al Horford flirted with a triple-double yet again (17 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) as the hosts overcame the absences of Jaylen Brown (swollen eye) and Marcus Morris (sore knee).

Boston trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the C's bared down defensively and limited the Mavs to just 34 points after intermission for their seventh double-digit comeback of the year.

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