DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a 94-89 victory over the Boston Celtics last night.
The Celtics trailed by double digits twice in the second half before getting within one in the final minute but couldn’t avoid an 0-15 finish on the road against the Western Conference.
The Mavericks followed their first win in more than two years over possible first-round playoff foe Oklahoma City by taking their third straight to get a season-high 14 games over .500.
Monta Ellis added 17 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 12.
Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and Kris Humphries matched a season high with 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost their fifth straight game and 12th in the past 15.