Maverick vs. Celtics – NBA Game Recap – Nov 23, 2022

BOSTON — — As Dallas closed the gap, Jayson Tatum turned the game with Luka Doncic into a one-on-one match.

And the Boston star beat the Mavericks every time.

Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31 on Wednesday night to help the NBA’s top Celtics respond after a rare loss and beat Dallas 125-112.

“His ability to answer the moment. His ability to make everyone around him better,” said Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla. “You can count on him to play every night.”

Doncic, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 42 points for the Mavericks. Tatum, the number 4 scorer in the league, was listed as doubtful with a sprained ankle.

“He was going to play. He knew who he was paired with,” Brown said. “Don’t let that fool you. He knew he was going to play all the time.”

Boston led by a whopping 27 points in the third quarter before Dallas scored 13 of the next 15 points. The Mavericks came in nine, 104-95 with about 3:30 left, and it was 117-107 when the two stars faced off.

Tatum drove for a two-handed ledge hanging hit, then Doncic was called for an offensive foul. Doncic fouled Tatum, who hit two free throws to give Boston a 121–107 lead, then Tatum blocked Doncic’s layup attempt.

“I told him I didn’t want you to dip it,” Tatum said. “He looked at me like, ‘You thought I was going to dunk it?'”

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

“Luka kind of got it going, and then the team kind of got it going,” said Brown. “It’s just weathering the storm.”

The Celtics, who have 14 wins in the league, had won nine in a row before losing to the Bulls on Monday.

“Chicago was just one game,” said Brown. “There will be times when you don’t get any shots and that will put pressure on our defense. This team is going to play the right way more often than not.”

The Mavericks had beaten Boston four consecutive times. Three of the wins came on a three-pointer in the final seconds, and two of those were with no time on the clock.

“Dallas has gotten the best of us in recent years,” Tatum said, admitting that Brown was “probably right” about the likelihood of being left sitting out. “I will always try to string them together. Sitting outside is never really an option.”

But Doncic couldn’t keep this one close.

Questionably listed with a dislocated shoulder, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 points for Dallas.

Boston led 17-14 six minutes into the game before scoring nine consecutive points—seven of them by Brown. Tatum scored 16 points with five rebounds in the second quarter alone, as the Celtics led by 13 points, 55–42, before scoring 13 of the next 14 points to open a 25-point lead.


Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak, from NBC’s “The Office,” sat at court.


Mavericks: Saturday in Toronto.

Celtics: Host Sacramento on Friday night.


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