The Dallas Mavericks came to Boston knowing they wouldn't have to face Kevin Garnett. And when Rasheed Wallace went to the bench with foul trouble, Dirk Nowitzki took advantage.
He scored 37 points to lead Dallas to a 99-90 victory over the
Boston Celtics, scoring nine in a row during a third-quarter run
that gave the Mavericks the lead for good. Nowitzki scored 15 of 19
Dallas points after Wallace committed his fourth foul and went to
the bench with 3:56 left in the third quarter.
Jason Kidd scored 13 points and added 17 assists for the
Mavericks, who had lost three of their previous four games,
including a 22-point loss at Toronto on Sunday.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Ray Allen scored 21 for Boston,
which has lost three straight at home. The Celtics have lost four
of their last six overall, and they are 4-7 since beating the
defending Eastern Conference champion Magic in Orlando on Christmas