It wasn't the prettiest game you've ever seen, but in the end, the Dallas Mavericks (31-21) won their fifth-straight game with a convincing win over the Boston Celtics 18-34) at the TD Bank Garden on Sunday night.
The poor shooting of the Celtics is what ultimately did them in. The team shot under 30 percent from the field for a majority of the game, although they did finish at 35.9 percent. A 5-of-22 first quarter didn't help matters either.
Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 20 points and five rebounds for Dallas, while point guard Jose Calderon chipped in 18 points and three three-pointers.
The Mavericks had their 24-point lead chipped down to single-digits late in the fourth quarter as the Celtics rallied behind some precise shooting from Chris Johnson (14 points and 4-of-4 from behind the arc).
Head coach Brad Stevens believes he should have given Johnson more minutes earlier in the game, via beat writer Jay King.
Maybe I should have played Chris Johnson more - and earlier - and then we'd feel ... better about ourselves.
Rajon Rondo, who played a season-high 36 minutes, had a near triple-double of 15 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. Jared Sullinger had his fifth-straight double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Jeff Green led in scoring with 18.