Dirk Nowitzki scores 20, Mavericks beat Celtics

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The Dallas Mavericks played an efficient game offensively, shooting 37-82 (45.1%) from the field and turning it over just nine times, in a 102-91 win over the Boston Celtics. This is the fifth consecutive win for Dallas (31-21).

Dirk Nowitzki put up 20 points on 7-16 shooting, including 2-6 on 3-point attempts. Dallas also got solid performances from Jose Calderon with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Devin Harris with 12 points and 7 assists, and Shawn Marion with 11 points and 10 rebounds. On 6-15 shooting, including 3-8 from behind the arc, Jeff Green put up 18 points for Boston in the loss. Jared Sullinger chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Dallas avoided turning the ball over, even against a Boston defense that forces the league's fifth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 27.3%). The Mavericks finished this game with a TO% of 9.5%, and commit the fifth-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.6%) thus far this season. The Celtics paired an eFG% of 41.8% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 16.3. They are winless (0-5) when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents under those marks.

This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Boston, pushing their record to 18-34 for the year.

Coming up, the Mavericks play the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 22-29 on the season. The Celtics match up with the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 9-41 this year. The Mavericks have a 1-0 record against Charlotte this season. The Celtics have come up empty in two of their last three games against Milwaukee.

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