It took two overtimes, but the Boston Celtics held down home court in defeating the Dallas Mavericks, 117-115, Wednesday night.
The home team had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, but stout individual defense held them short.
The Mavericks turned the ball over 27 times, the exact number of assists they had and were careless all night. Down three with seconds remaining, they threw away the inbounds pass on what would have been a final attempt to tie the game.
Paul Pierce led all scorers with 34 points and was a workhorse for the Celtics over 44 minutes. Rajon Rondo came up a rebound shy of his second triple-double in three games, as the point guard finished just one rebound shy of the rare distinction.
O.J. Mayo scored his 24 points, but it took 52 minutes to do so and came with a side of nine turnovers.
The win was Boston's second in a row and improves them to 12-9 on the season. Dallas slides back to .500 with the loss, standing at 11-11.
Let's hit the classroom and see how everyone graded out in this long Celtics win.