Dallas basketball players slept through the first half in the famous TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics accumulated a 21-point advantage, which they did not let go of in the second half (125:112). Luka Dončić was the best scorer of the game with 42 points.
The Mavericks have big problems on the road. It was their fifth loss in six games. The Celtics had won nine games in a row before losing in Chicago on Monday. They started the series of six consecutive games on their home floor successfully and thus remain at the top of the league with 14 wins.
Even the presentation of the players on the iconic TD Gardna floor took place in a great atmosphere. Dončić was played from the first action, when he scored from five meters. After three minutes, he had already collected seven points. In the middle of the first quarter, Brown played and the Celtics took a 26-14 lead with a partial 9-0 run. In Mavericks’ attack, everything revolved around Dončić, who contributed 15 points in the first 12 minutes, but the deficit was nine points (34:23).
At the beginning of the second quarter, the native of Ljubljana rested, but the Celtics continued to shine. Derrick White made it 50:30 with two three-pointers. The Mavericks’ defense was disastrous, the hosts ended almost every attack with points. Dončić scored 22 points by the break, and Tatum scored even more points. The fans were thrilled with the Celtics leading 70:49.
Matches on November 23:BOSTON – DALLAS125:112 (34:23, 36:26, 31:36, 24:27) Tatum 37 (11/24 from the field, 2/7 for three, 13/15 free throws) and 13 rebounds, Brown 31 (13 /18 from the field), Horford 14 (4/4 for three), Brogdon and Smart (3/4 for three) each 13, White 12 (3/6 for three), Hauser 3, G. Williams 2; Dončić 42 (17/28 from the field, 3/8 for three, 5/9 free throws), 9 assists and 8 rebounds in 40 minutes, Wood 26 (10/14 from the field, 2/3 for three) and 12 rebounds, Dinwiddie 15, Finney Smith 10, Bullock and McGee 5 each, Green 3, Hardaway (0/5 for three) and Pinson 2 each, Powell and Campazzo 1 each.
MILWAUKEE – CHICAGO
OKLAHOMA CITY – DENVER
CHARLOTTE – PHILADELPHIA 107:101
CLEVELAND – PORTLAND 114:96
INDIANA – MINNESOTA 101:115
ATLANTA – SACRAMENTO 115:106
MIAMI – WASHINGTON 113:105
TORONTO – BROOKLYN
SAN ANTONIO – NEW ORLEANS
UTAH – DETROIT
GOLDEN STATE – LA CLIPPERS