DALLAS (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his second career triple-double, and the Boston Celtics defeated Dallas 124-95 Thursday night, ending the Mavericks’ seven-game winning streak.
Jaylen Brown scored 19 points for the NBA-leading Celtics, who were recovering from a 150-117 loss in Oklahoma City when the Thunder were missing 30-point scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Luka Doncic scored 23 points after averaging 44.5 points in the last five games. The Mavs superstar didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which started with Boston taking a 24-point lead.
Doncic scored three 3-pointers for the win in Boston’s last two Dallas visits. There was never a chance for a third-place finish or for the Mavs to continue their longest winning streak since their only championship season in 2010-11.
Doncic missed all six shots from long range as the Mavericks finished 7 of 32. Doncic was 7 of 23 overall and Dallas finished with 38%.
Tatum wasn’t much better than Doncic, leaving the field 8th of 22, but his teammates were. Boston shot 16 of 43 of 3, with eight players hitting at least one.
Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 15 points, with Smart scoring 4 of 9 from deep while Brogdon was 3 of 5.
The Celtics were never behind after the middle of the first quarter, and Dallas got no closer than 13th after halftime.
Doncic had nine rebounds but was limited to three assists as Dallas hit their season low of 15 assists. Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and Christian Wood had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics: Rarely used C/F Noah Vonleh traded to San Antonio for a future conditional second-round pick. The Celtics included cash in the deal. Vonleh averaged 1.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 7.4 minutes in 23 games. … Smart was fined $35,000 for using inappropriate language with an official in the loss to the Thunder. Smart was assessed and ejected as his second technical because of the incident in the third quarter.
Outsiders: G. Josh Green (elbow) and F. Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor strain) are out but will embark on a five-game road trip beginning Sunday in Oklahoma City. … Rookie Jaden Hardy scored all of his 15 points in the second half when the game was out of reach.
Celtics: A four-game trip ends Saturday in San Antonio. The Spurs swept the two-game streak last season.
Mavericks: host New Orleans on Saturday. The Pelicans won the first meeting in October in New Orleans.
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