Jason Kidd gave Celtics fans headaches during his days with the New Jersey Nets in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, the Kidd-induced headache returned to Boston on Friday night.
Kidd finished with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and nine assists in 37 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 29 points and had four rebounds and Jason Terry added 17 points off the bench for Dallas (34-15).
Ray Allen paced the Celtics (37-12) with 24 points. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and five rebounds and Kendrick Perkins added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 12 points and Rajon Rondo finished with eight points and 12 assists.
Boston shot 50.6% from the field (40-for-79) and 35.3% beyond the arc (6-for-17) while Dallas made 49.4% of its shots (39-for-79) and 47.1% from three-point range (8-for-17).
The Celtics finished with 34 rebounds, 21 assists, seven steals, six blocks and 13 turnovers and the Mavs amassed 33 rebounds, 22 assists, five steals, three blocks and had 13 turnovers in the win.
Boston faces Orlando in its next game on Sunday afternoon while Dallas travels to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats on Saturday night.