|The Mavs spoiled Jason Terry's homecoming.|
The Mavs jumped out to an early 9-2 1st quarter lead, and never looked back. Boston managed to keep the game close for much of the first half by going 17-17 from the free throw line, and trailed by just four (47-43) with two minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. But a pair of Darren Collison FT's and a rainbow three from Nowitzki quickly pushed the Maverick's lead back to 9, and Dallas took a 55-44 advantage into halftime.
The two teams played even basketball throughout most of the 3rd quarter, and the Mavs still led by eleven (79-68) entering the 4th. Seven quick points from Jordan Crawford trimmed the deficit to six, 83-77, but a pair of Collison jumpers had the margin back to 10 with just under eight minutes remaining.
A 9-3 Boston run made the score 97-92 with 1:55 to go, but an O.J. Mayo three put Dallas back up 8 with only 1:21 left on the clock.
Jason Terry received a warm ovation from the crowd and his former teammates when he checked into the game with 3:57 remaining in the first period; his first appearance back in Dallas since leaving the Mavs. Terry scored 8 points in 22 minutes, but made just 3 of 9 field goals attempts, including 0-2 from downtown.
Courtney Lee left the game late in the 4th quarter with what appeared to be a sprained ankle.
Tonight Garnett managed to accomplish a feat usually reserved for Rajon Rondo, and occasionally Pierce in Rondo's absence: KG led Boston in points (16), rebounds (12), and assists (5).
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Mark Vandeusen 3/22/2013 11:18:00 PM Tweet