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BSJ Game Report: Mavs 113, Celtics 104 – Another step back in Dallas

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Everything you need to know about the Mavericks beating the Celtics 113-104

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Another defensive egg: The so-called top defensive team in the league looked out sorts for the better part of 48 minutes against an aggressive and rested Mavericks attack. Dallas came out and made their first seven attempts from beyond the arc, on their way to 16 for the night with JJ Barea (20 points, 8 assists) and Harrison Barnes (20 points) leading a balanced scoring attack that featured five different Mavericks in double figures. The Celtics tried to keep pace behind Jayson Tatum (team-high 21 points) and Marcus Smart (season-high 19 points) but a brutal shooting night from Kyrie Irving (9-of-24) along with lackluster pick-and-roll defense and rebounding (13 offensive rebounds for Mavs) sunk any hopes of a Celtics victory in the fourth quarter. Boston led at just one point in the game (74-73) before the Mavericks closed out the victory on a 40-30 run over the game’s final 16 minutes.  

Jaylen Brown has an injury scare: The shooting guard fell hard on his back and tailbone while attempting to contest a Mavericks layup in the final two minutes of the defeat. Brown left the game and immediately headed to the locker room after the spill, spoiling an otherwise positive night for the starting guard (16 points on 7-of-9 FG). X-Rays were negative on Brown's back after the game, but it seems very possible that he could miss some time with the injury if it becomes sore ahead of Monday’s tilt with the Pelicans.

Back to .500: While the Celtics may have run out of gas to a degree in the closing minutes of the back-to-back, there wasn’t any mistake about which team was better on the floor tonight. The C’s looked disconnected during long stretches on both ends of the court, which produced a season-high 19 turnovers for the Green and ultimately a return to the .500 mark at 10-10. With another tweak to the starting five (Marcus Morris for Aron Baynes) stunting any progress from Friday’s win, Brad Stevens has his work cut out for him to try to piece together any semblance of consistent basketball within this group in the coming weeks.

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