Mavericks 89, Celtics 73: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs Send Celts To Another Loss

Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 16 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks trampled the shorthanded Boston Celtics, 89-73, on Monday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Boston is 15-16 on the season and has lost four straight games.

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Blowing It Up, Trading Rajon Rondo Isn't The Answer For Boston Celtics

Enough, please. Angry fans have been clamoring for the Boston Celtics to "blow it up" or trade Rajon Rondo. While their ire is certainly understood and well deserved, neither is an ideal scenario for the Celtics.

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Celtics Injury Report: Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox Injured Monday

Adding injury to insult, the Boston Celtics lost the services of two of the last few healthy big men they had -- Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox -- during their embarrassing 89-73 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in Dallas, TX.

O'Neal sprained his left wrist, an injury he apparently suffered when taking a charge in the first half of the game, and later went to the locker room where it was reported that he would not return. O'Neal would appear in the third quarter before leaving the game. He didn't score or attempt one shot but had four blocks and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Wilcox left the game in the third quarter with a strained adductor muscle and would not return. He finished with a disappointing two points and one rebounds in 13 minutes. Wilcox is averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds this season.

In addition, the Celtics are still without reserve Brandon Bass, who has a knee injury.

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Mavericks 89, Celtics 73: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Trample Lifeless Boston

What happens when you face the defending NBA champions without your best all-around player (Rajon Rondo) and your best defender (Kevin Garnett)? You get a blowout win with Dirk Nowitzki going off for 26 points and 16 boards in a 89-73 Dallas Mavericks trampling of the Boston Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back for the C's on Monday night.

Nowitzki made 10-of-24 shots to lead Dallas (21-12), which shot just 40.4 percent. Jason Terry scored 16 points off the bench and Shawn Marion was the only other player to reach double-digit scoring or the Mavs, finishing with 11 points.

Unsurprisingly, the Celtics (15-16) sorely missed Rondo's offensive direction and Garnett's presence in the post, although second-year guard Avery Bradley filled in admirably for Rondo, totaling 12 points. Paul Pierce led the team with 20 points, Ray Allen scored 15 and JaJuan Johnson (eight points) and Mickael Pietrus (six points) led the C's bench.

Rondo, and possibly Garnett as well, will be out again when the Celtics try to snap their four-game skid against the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday evening.


Final - 2.20.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 15 19 19 20 73
Dallas Mavericks 20 24 26 19 89

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Celtics Vs. Mavericks Halftime Score: Dirk, Mavs Rolling, Up 44-34

Dirk Nowitzki totaled an entire game's worth of points and rebounds in the first half, totaling 21 and 10 respectively, and the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks lead the Boston Celtics, 44-34, at halftime at American Airlines Arena.

Nowitzki made a game-high eight field goals, and despite his success on the offensive end, the Mavericks are only shooting 40.9 percent from the floor. Jason Terry is the only other player for Dallas who is having a somewhat successful night on offense, finishing the half with eight points.

Meanwhile, the Celtics are just plain struggling. Paul Pierce has 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Chris Wilcox and Avery Bradley, who are starting in place of Kevin Garnett and the suspended Rajon Rondo, both have eight points. Unsurprisingly, the Celtics have really missed Rondo specifically, as they only have two fast break points at the break.



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Celtics Vs. Mavericks: Reeling C's Try To Regain Footing In Dallas

Minus both Rajon Rondo (suspended two games) and Kevin Garnett (personal matters), the Boston Celtics (15-15) take on the Dallas Mavericks (20-12) at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday evening at American Airlines Center (TNT/WEEI).

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