Kyrie Irving’s best game in a Celtics uniform thus far helped Boston dispatch Dallas, 110-102, in overtime. Boston was unable to generate consistent offense outside of the monster game from Irving and contributions from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
It took a heck of an effort for this team to get their sixteenth straight victory. Boston outscored the Mavericks 41-25 over the fourth quarter and overtime. The rally came after two stagnant middle frames from the Celtics.
Dallas becomes only the fourth team this season to put up triple digits on the C’s. Still, it was another tough win for this team despite falling behind by as many as 13 points in the final frame. Boston pushes their record to 16-2 while the Mavericks fall to 3-15.
- Kyrie Irving absolutely killed in the win. He had 47 points and 6 assists while connecting on 16 of his 22 field goals. Irving was efficient and impressive. He diced up Dallas all night and was instrumental in the overtime period.
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- Jaylen Brown has scored at least 22 points in his last three games. The second-year player is starting to find his stroke offensively. He’s shooting 55.9% from the field and 48.1% from deep over the past five games.
- Jayson Tatum was once again solid. He finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds, making a couple of nice jumpers. Tatum also was the recipient of a couple of alley-oop passes from Irving and Marcus Smart. I swear this man grabbed a rebound in the fourth quarter with his arm snapping like a lizard’s tongue on the ball. Seriously, Tatum has started to learn the benefits of his length. He and Brown are going to be a heck of a duo.
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- Where’d you go, Al? Horford connected on only one of his five attempts on the night for three points. It was a quiet night out of the two-time All-Star, who’s averaging 14.9 points per game on the season. However, Horford was able to put up 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.
- It’s not getting any better for Marcus Smart on offense. He finished with 12 points, 8 assists, and two steals while going +15. Doesn’t sound bad right? What if I told you Smart attempted the second most field goals on the team (15) outside of Irving. Smart made just 3 of his 15 attempts and went 2-11 from three. His jumper is infuriating but his hustle can’t be ignored.
- Boston’s bench went a combined 4-22 from the floor for 15 points. Yeah.
- The Celtics outrebounded the Mavericks, 53-45. The guys in green keep finding ways to edge other teams in the rebounding department. They’ve shown some encouraging signs early in the season on the glass with their ability to box out.
- Harrison Barnes was connecting on shots all night. He had 31 points and 6 rebounds while shooting 10-21 from the field. His strangest stat? Barnes finished a team-worst -21 in his 41 minutes played.
- It’s easy to tell that Dennis Smith Jr. is an athletic freak, but Boston held him in check during the win. He shot only 4-16 from the field didn’t find much room to operate.
- Former Celtic Dwight Powell had a couple nice energy plays for Dallas. He grabbed a couple boards and had some nice finishes inside. Powell has carved out a nice little role for himself as a Maverick. Remember him from the Rajon Rondo trade?
- Dirk Nowitzki’s night was impressive simply due to his ability to create offense without really being able to move. You can tell the former superstar is on his final legs. Despite that, the future hall of famer had 14 points and 12 rebounds.