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Three Burning Questions After Mavericks Fumbles 105-98 in Boston



Celtics vs Mavericks

On Sunday night the Dallas Mavericks lost to the Boston Celtics in Boston with final score of 105-98. Jrue holiday was the top score for the Celtics contribution 26 points in well rounded team effort. Despite the Mavericks loss Luka Doncic lead his team with an impressive 32 points 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

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Luka Doncic’s injury status was uncertain he started the game for the Mavericks. He scored six points quickly, make three baskets before the Celtics called a timeout around the eight minute mark with the Mavericks leading 13-6.

Dallas’s aggressive defense led to early fouls, putting the Celtics in the bonus early. Despite the Mavericks managed the lead for most of the first quarter. Although they struggled with turn overs.


Eventually the fouls caught up with them and the Celtics frequently went to the free throw line. A late score surge from Kyrie Irving helped Dallas finish the first quarter ahead leading 28-25.

Doncic looked unstoppable in the second quarter but Boston kept pace. In the middle of the quarter the Celtics went on a 9-0 run is giving them a three point lead. However mistakes by Boston allowed Dallas to regain the lead.

The teams continued to exchange lead for the rest of the period. Near the end of the quarter the Celtics pulled ahead with a pair of free throws from Jaylen Brown. Which followed by a three pointer from Jrue holiday. Dallas responded with a dunk from Daniel Gafford but still trailed 54-51 at halftime.

Dallas began the second half by focus on baskets for Daniel Gafford in the post and for P.J. Washington with floaters. Despite their efforts the Celtics kept a two to four point lead for most of the quarter. Every time Dallas scored, Boston quickly answered.


In the latter half of the quarter, the Celtics started to pull away as the Mavericks’ role players missed several shots. This allowed Boston to build a 12-point lead. However, Dallas fought back and reduced the gap to six points. Just as the quarter ended, Peyton Pritchard banked in a three-pointer from 35 feet, extending Boston’s lead. Dallas went into the final quarter trailing 83-74.

The Mavericks refused to give up, trading baskets with the Celtics but struggling to cut into the lead. A Gafford free throw and an Irving layup reduced the lead to seven, prompting a Boston timeout. Every time Dallas made a run, Boston answered, pushing the lead back to 12 points.

The Irving-to-Gafford connection brought the lead down to eight again, forcing another Celtics timeout with 4:40 remaining. However, a mistake by P.J. Washington at halfcourt led to a Boston turnover and two quick three-pointers, extending their lead to 14 points.

Dallas responded with an 8-0 run, closing the gap to six points with 75 seconds left. Washington had a chance to cut the lead further, but a missed call led to a Boston block. Jaylen Brown then scored, sealing Boston’s 105-98 victory and a 2-0 series lead.


Slender Margins Dallas Stumbles Amid Costly Mistakes:

Dallas will surely be frustrated by the absence of a foul call for Washington’s drive late in the game. But the team’s numerous mistakes contributed to their deficit. Luka Doncic and Irving combined for 10 turnovers, including one by Doncic caused by Washington’s error leading to consecutive Boston threes.

Dallas also missed eight free throws in a game decided by seven points, while the Celtics’ 10 offensive rebounds led to 10 second-chance points. Poor three-point shooting from everyone except Doncic added to the woes. Dallas needs to improve moving forward.

Beyond Luka Dallas Mavericks Need Team Effort for Success:

Some might point fingers at Luka for defensive lapses and turnovers, but the entire Mavericks squad needs to step up. Nearly every player had their moments of disappointment. Kyrie Irving had a tough outing, managing only 28 points on 13-37 shooting, including missing all eight of his three-point attempts over two games.

Dereck Lively needs to rein in his intensity, and Josh Green, those open shots you’re getting should be easier. Maxi Kleber attempting a coast-to-coast layup? That’s a head-scratcher. There are probably more issues to address, but seriously, what was happening on the court? The team’s performance was far from satisfactory.


Missed Opportunity Dallas Mavericks Left Ruing a Game That Slipped Away

Despite the Celtics shooting just 10-39 from three-point range, barely hitting 25%, the Mavericks couldn’t capitalize on what seemed like a game they could have won. Mistakes mentioned earlier proved costly. It’s disheartening. They had an opportunity, but it slipped away. I hope they can regroup and come back stronger, but the challenge ahead feels incredibly daunting.

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