Harrison Barnes and Wes Mathews had 28 and 22 points respectively as the Mavericks almost came back against the Celtics in the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston hung on to win 90 – 83. The defense and rebounding were great in the first half. However, the Celtics started turning the ball over in the second half and the Mavericks got hot shooting the ball. The Mavericks were able to make it a game there, briefly, but the Celtics ultimately put it away, lead by Isaiah Thomas.
Rebounding Much Better
The Celtics won the rebounding battle 53-32. Avery Bradley had 13 rebounds! Amir Johnson, Marcus Smart, and Jonas Jerebko all finished with 7 rebounds a piece. The Celtics had 40 defensive rebounds, and only allowed 5 offensive rebounds.
The Celtics finished with 19 turnovers. The Mavericks only had 9. This can be a dangerous way to play. Sloppy play leads to turnovers, and turnovers lead to fast breaks for the opposition. Transition defense is much more difficult than half-court defense. Celtics will have to be more careful in the future.
Isaiah is a Monster
Isaiah Thomas was an absolute stud in the 4th quarter. He started the game hot in the first quarter as well, but struggled through much of the second and third quarters. However his 4th quarter play was incredible. Late in the game he was able to draw a foul on a three point attempt. Also, Thomas made all 3 free throws. Isaiah was able to draw fouls attacking the rim that put the Mavericks in the bonus. He also wreaked havoc defensively, on a crucial late game play, against the much larger Harrison Barnes. The little guy subsequently found the loose ball, drove the fast break, and assisted Bradley on a breakaway dunk. He finished with 30 points.
Closer Than it Needed to Be, but Boston Hung on to Win
This game was closer than Celtics fans would have liked. Especially after how the first half played out. However, ultimately Boston hung on to win. And a win is a win. The Celtics play the Golden State Warriors at home on Friday.