After a difficult first half, the Dallas Mavericks got back on track after halftime, and secured their fifth-straight win with a 101-92 victory over the Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki led six Mavs in double figures with 20 points.
The Mavs used a 28-18 third quarter, and led by as much as 24 in the fourth to capture their longest win streak since winning six from Feb. 8-17 of the 2011-12 season.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first 24 minutes as the Mavs shot just 33 percent, but held the Celtics (18-34) to 23 percent.
The Mavs led 17-16 after one, and 44-38 at the break.
Nowitzki shot 7-of-16 from the field and has now scored 20 or more in seven straight games. The Big German is averaging 27 points in that span.
Jose Calderon, Vince Carter, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion, and Devin Harris joined Nowitzki in double figures.
Marion recorded his seventh double-double of the season, and 425th of his career.
Calderon scored 18 on 7-of-13 shooting, and hit three 3-pointers for his most points since scoring 23 on Dec. 20.
Dallas (31-21) moved into a tie for sixth with the Phoenix Suns, and have a half-game lead over the Golden State Warriors.
Jeff Green led the Celtics with 18 points, while Jared Sullinger recorded his fifth-straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Rajon Rondo was two rebounds short of a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and eight boards.
Next up for the Mavs is the Bobcats on Feb. 11 in Charlotte, before going to Indiana to face the East-leading Pacers on Feb. 12 before the All-Star break.