The Celtics dropped a heartbreaker to the Dallas Mavericks Friday night at the TD BankNorth Garden losing 101-97.
The back and forth, potential NBA Finals preview, seemed to have a running three pointer theme. Both Ray Allen and Jason Kidd are number 2 and 3 on the all time three pointers list and it was Kidd’s three pointer late in the game that helped seal the win for the Mavs.
The Celtics had a chance to win with 2 seconds left and drew up the perfect inbounds play to Kevin Garnett, but KG was unable to reel in the high pass from Rajon Rondo effectively ending the game. Like we said before, this is a typical night in the NBA. The Mavericks are one of the better teams in the NBA, but the ball did not bounce the Celtic’s way tonight. The Celtics had plenty of opportunities to win, but could not capitalize on them in the closing minutes.
Dirk Nowitzki continued his strong play against the Celtics leading all scorers with 29. Ray Allen led the way for the Celtics with 24 points. Kendrick Perkins chipped in with a monster 13 point 12 rebound performance. Perkins return to form now gives the Celtics a strong 1-2 punch up front with he and Garnett. Rebounding has long been a sore spot for the Celtics and they now have the equivalent of a mid season trade with the reemergence of Perkins.
The Celtics will once again be in the Sunday afternoon spotlight as they’ll host the Magic tomorrow afternoon.