The Dallas Mavericks played the Boston Celtics tough for 58 minutes but in the end, turnovers sank the ship and cost them a victory 117-115.
O.J. Mayo had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead 7 Mavs in double figures but also had 9 turnovers. Mayo is now second in the league in giveaways behind only Kobe Bryant, who has been handling the ball more than usual due to Laker injuries.
Darren Collison had 20 points and 6 assists while Shawn Marion, in his first game back after a groin injury, put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
The encouraging note for the Mavericks is that it was only turnovers this time as they outshot and outrebounded the Celtics. Boston managed 34 points off of the Mavericks’ miscues as Paul Pierce exploded for 34 points and Rajon Rondo narrowly missed his second triple double of the season with 16 points, 15 assists and 9 rebounds.
After all the hype, Jason Terry wasn’t a major contributor with only 10 points and former Mav Brandon Bass had 9. With one more point for Bass the Celtics also would have had 7 players in double figures.
The Celtics ended the Mavs 3-game winning streak and improved to 12-9 while the Mavs fall back to .500 at 11-11. Full analysis coming up on The Smoking Cuban.