Celts Lose More Players and the Game at Dallas

Nowitzki's 26 help lead Mavs over Celtics, 89-73

AP Sports Writer
      DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and moved into the top
20 on the NBA career scoring list and the Dallas Mavericks beat the
short-handed and struggling Boston Celtics 89-73 Monday night.

      The defending champion Mavericks reached the midpoint of their
regular season schedule after never trailing against Boston.

      Nowitzki, who also had a season-high 16 rebounds, scored all of
Dallas' points in a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter that
pushed the Mavericks ahead by 14. They led by double digits the
rest of the way.

      Already without suspended Rajon Rondo, absent Kevin Garnett and
injured Brandon Bass, the Celtics lost starters Jermaine O'Neal
(sprained left wrist) and Chris Wilcox (right adductor strain) in
the third quarter.

      Boston has lost four in a row, and six of seven.

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