Mavericks vs. Celtics – NBA Game Recap – November 23, 2022

BOSTON — — With Dallas closing the hole, Jayson Tatum turned the matchup with Luka Doncic right into a recreation of 1-on-one.

And the Boston star bested the Mavericks’ every time.

Tatum had 37 factors and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31 on Wednesday evening to assist the NBA-finest Celtics reply after a uncommon loss and beat Dallas 125-112.

“His capacity to reply the second. His capacity to make everybody round him higher,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla stated. “You can depend on him to play each evening.”

Doncic, the NBA’s main scorer, had 42 factors for the Mavericks. Tatum, the no. 4 scorer within the league, had been listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.

“He was going to play. He knew who he was matched up with,” Brown stated. “Don’t let him idiot you. He knew he was going to play the entire time.”

Boston led by as many as 27 factors within the third quarter earlier than Dallas scored 13 of the following 15 factors. The Mavericks received inside 9, 104-95 with about 3:30 remaining, and it was 117-107 when the 2 stars squared off.

Tatum drove for a two-handed, rim-hanging slam, then Doncic was referred to as for an offensive foul. Doncic fouled Tatum, who hit two free throws to present Boston a 121-107 lead, then Tatum blocked Doncic’s layup try.

“I instructed him I did not need you to dunk it,” Tatum stated. “He checked out me like, ‘You thought I used to be going to dunk it?'”

Brown hit a 3-pointer to make it 124-107 and ice it.

“Luka sort of received it going a little bit bit, after which the group received it going a little bit bit,” Brown stated. “It’s simply weathering the storm.”

The Celtics, who’ve a league-main 14 wins, had gained 9 straight earlier than shedding to the Bulls on Monday.

“Chicago was only one recreation,” Brown stated. “There’s going to be instances the place you are going to not make photographs and it’ll put strain on our protection. More instances than not, this group’s going to play the best means.”

The Mavericks had crushed Boston 4 straight instances. Three of the wins got here on a 3-pointer within the ultimate seconds, and two of these had been with no time in any respect on the clock.

“Dallas has gotten the most effective of us the previous few years,” Tatum stated, admitting that Brown was “most likely proper” in regards to the probabilities of him sitting out. “I’m at all times going to attempt to lace them up. Sitting out isn’t actually an possibility.”

But Doncic was not capable of hold this one shut.

Spencer Dinwiddie, who was listed as questionable with a dislocated shoulder, had 15 factors for Dallas.

Boston led 17-14 six minutes into the sport earlier than scoring 9 straight factors — seven of them by Brown. Tatum scored 16 factors with 5 rebounds within the second quarter alone, when the Celtics led by 13 factors, 55-42, earlier than scoring 13 of the following 14 factors to open a 25-level lead.

TIP-INS

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak, from NBC’s “The Office,” had been sitting courtside.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Toronto on Saturday.

Celtics: Host Sacramento on Friday evening.

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