Up 97-91 with 2:43 left, it looked like the Celtics were going to exact revenge from their last meeting with the Dallas Mavericks. Surely the 89-87 loss to the Mavs in November was fresh in the mind of the Celtics players. The crowd certainly hadn’t forgot either as they filled the building with a raucous downpour. Kendrick Perkins converted on an easy lay-in to go up 6 — giving him 13 points and 11 rebounds on the night, his first back as a starter. All seemed right in the world again. Unfortunately for the Celtics, they wouldn’t score again for the rest of the contest. Dallas closed the game with a 10-0 run, sparked by a perfect free throw percentage and a timely 3 pointer from Jason Kidd.
Kidd, the 3rd best 3 point shooter in the history of the game (bet you didn’t know that), shook off the games 2nd best in Allen to drain the game winning long ball with 2.5 seconds to go. The Celtics couldn’t even convert a shot on their next possession, and the result was another close loss to their Western Conference foes, 101-97. Not the preferred start to the upcoming gauntlet they must face. This contest, however, did have it’s fair share of bright spots. As previously mentioned in his first start back Kendrick Perkins filled up the stat sheet, earning his first double-double since April 4th of 2010 against the once successful Cleveland Cavaliers. Ray Allen was also torching the nets in the 2nd half, scoring 17 of his 24 points in the last 24 minutes and giving his team a chance to start this stand with authority.
These two teams were very evenly matched right across the board, with both having nearly identical FG%’s, rebounds, assists, steals, turnovers, fouls, fast break points, and points in the paint. Sadly the team’s point totals at the end of the game cannot be the same, and in this instance the Mavs got the edge. Dirk ended the night with 29 points on 9-14 shooting and a perfect 10-10 clip from the line. The man, simply put, is one efficient machine. Play got especially chippy in the 2nd half, as KG and Jose Juan Barea nearly got into an altercation, and Paul Pierce sent DeShawn Stevenson crashing to the floor not once, but twice during the course of play. Though this isn’t the result the Garden faithful were looking for, it was surely a fiercely competitive start to what should be an awfully exciting couple of weeks.
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Written by Michael Johnson
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