Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points on 6-17 shooting, including 4-8 on 3-point attempts. Other key performers for Dallas were Monta Ellis with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Devin Harris with 12 points and 6 assists, and Shawn Marion with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Jerryd Bayless put up 19 points for Boston on 6-16 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. Kelly Olynyk added 16 points and 9 rebounds and Jared Sullinger finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Celtics had an eFG% of just 41.4% coupled with a low FTA rate of 15.1. This season, they are winless (0-7) when they fall below 45% and 20.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Mavericks are undefeated (6-0) when forcing their opponents below those thresholds.
Boston (22-46) has now lost five consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Mavericks square off with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 33-32 on the year. The Celtics meet the Miami Heat, currently 45-19 this season. The Mavericks came away with a loss in two of their last three games against Minnesota. The Celtics have a 1-1 record against Miami this season.