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It was a disappointing loss for the Celtics tonight, as they picked up their second "L" of the season tonight, losing to the Mavericks 89-87.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 25 points and won the game for Dallas on a contested 20-footer with 17.9 seconds. Paul Pierce led the way for Boston, dropping 24 points and pulling down seven boards. Rajon Rondo scored 11 points and dished out 15 assists.

Boston lost the first quarter for only the second time this season. The Mavs game out much sharper than the Celts and capped off the frame with a J.J. Barea three-pointer just before time expired. They carried a four point lead into the second quarter.

Barea scored the first four points for the Mavericks in the second period, giving him nine straight for Dallas. The Mavs continued to build their lead with solid defense and a few loud dunks by Tyson Chandler. Boston trailed by ten points (40-50) entering the break.

The Celtics battled back in the third frame, opening up the second half on a 7-2 run. A Pierce jumper with 4:43 to go in the quarter tied the contest at 57-57. Dallas did, however, take a one-point lead into the fourth frame.

Neither team was able to break away from the other throughout the fourth quarter. In fact, neither team was able to establish a lead of more than six points in that twelve minute span. Another Pierce jump shot gave the C's a five point lead with 1:58 left in regulation.

However, the Dirkith was able to convert on a driving layup and Jason Terry knocked down a three-pointer to even the score at 87-87 with 1:13 left. Boston was unable to score again, despite a couple missed opportunities including a botched KG lay-in. Nowitzki then beat the Celtics with his jumper and sent them packing for a re-match with Miami.

The Celtics and Heat square off in the Sunshine State Thursday night at 8 PM.

Stephen Bailey 11/08/2010 11:18:00 PM Edit
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5 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very tough loss. They made a great comeback but couldn't close it out. >:-(
    But on a high note-KG had an outstanding game! Hope his great play continues because he is the best big we have-even with Shaq, Perk, J.O., and Baby in the lineup.
    Speaking of bigs, Shaq and J.O need to to healthy fast so we can have quality size when KG sits.
    Oh yea, another reason we lost the game is because of Rondos poor decision making late in the game (that missed 3, and the inbound to KG with 1 sec left) he should have gave it to Ray! But no excuses should be made-it's only one reg season game..

  2. Anonymous says:

    so i think that as a Boston Celtics fan i still feel that the Miami Heat will take the win on Thurday's game only because more than half the team is currently injured. Rondo has Plantar Facitis Perkins has a Knee injury, Shaq also has a bruised knee, and couple more but i an be proven wrong. #TEAMBOSTON

  3. JR says:

    The loss doesn't bother me much, but the injuries do. Right now Rondo, Shaq, Perk, JO, and Bradley are all hobbled. We're going to need to rest our guys during the season and hope they can be healthy come playoff time.

    What's our record the past 2 seasons after the 3rd quarter?

  4. tb727 says:

    REALLY tough loss- they were on the verge of that being the best win of the season in my opinion. This schedule has been tough. Do the Flakers at any point have a week like this?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Its a good thing they have 3 days off, so Rondo and J.O. can recover from their minor injuries before they play in MIA. I hope we see a replay of Opening Night on thursday (but the Celtics win margin slightly bigger) ;)

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