Mavs rout Celtics
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points, Jose Calderon added 18 points and five assists and the Dallas Mavericks routed the Boston Celtics, 102-91, on Sunday night.
Shawn Marion tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds while Samuel Dalembert grabbed 11 boards for Dallas, which has won five in a row.
"We're working at being a more together team, which we've been the last few games," Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said.
Rajon Rondo recorded 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, Jared Sullinger chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Green netted 18 points for the Celtics, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
"The third quarter and the start of the fourth killed us and took us out of the game," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said.
Dallas led 17-16 after a quarter of play and 44-38 at the break before extending its lead further following a big run to start the second half.
Calderon hit a pair of triples during a 16-5 surge, which was capped on a Dalembert layup for a 60-43 advantage midway through the third quarter.
The Mavericks took a 72-56 advantage into the fourth, where they led by as many as 24 before cruising to the easy win.
The Mavericks shot 45.1 percent (37-of-82) from the floor, 43.5 percent (10- of-23) from beyond the arc and 90 percent (18-of-20) from the foul line ... Boston shot 35.9 percent (33-of-92) from the field.
02/09 22:01:54 ET