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NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Boston

(Monday, January 9th)

Final Score: Dallas 104, Boston 102

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jerry Stackhouse drained a baseline jumper with one-tenth of a second remaining, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Boston Celtics, 104-102, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Stackhouse scored 20 points off the bench and Jason Terry paced the Mavericks with 30 points, while Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 and grabbed seven rebounds.

Keith Van Horn scored 12 points off the bench, as Dallas won its third straight game and its fifth in a row over Boston.

Paul Pierce led all scorers with 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Ricky Davis added 17 points and eight assists for Boston, which lost its third straight contest.

Mark Blount and Tony Allen each scored 12 points off the bench in the loss.

"You just got to feel at some point, it's going to turn our way. I felt horrible for them," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "They fought their butts off. I thought other than the middle of the third quarter, when we stopped playing for one stretch, I thought we played just great basketball."

Dallas led 79-74 after three stanzas, but Boston got within 82-80 on two Marcus Banks free throws. From there, the Mavericks seemingly took control of the contest with a 16-7 scoring run.

Nowitzki keyed the streak with three field goals in just over a two-minute span, with his foul line jumper over a smaller Delonte West giving the Mavs a 98-87 advantage with 5:19 on the clock.

Boston countered with a 12-2 run, in which Allen tallied four points. The Mavericks turned it over after two Pierce free throws trimmed the deficit to 100-97 and Pierce caught the ball on the left block, spun baseline, and converted a slam to make the score 100-99 with 1:35 remaining.

The Celtics clamped down on defense on the ensuing Mavs' trip, as Adrian Griffin's contested half hook never drew iron in the waning seconds of the shot clock. Blount got an open look on the other end as Pierce drew two defenders, but his 15- foot jumper that would have given Boston the lead rimmed out.

Dallas then went to Nowitzki, who calmly drained a jumper to extend the lead to 102-99 with 16.1 seconds to play.

Pierce used a head fake to get a wide-open look at a three-pointer from the right wing and he buried it to tie the game with 6.5 ticks on the clock.

Stackhouse then received the ball in the right corner and drained a jumper over a lunging Davis with one-tenth of a second remaining to give Dallas the dramatic victory.

"I was able to get him (Davis) off balance. I think he might have thought I was going to raise up and I was able to get a good pull-up," Stackhouse said. "I knew I didn't have enough time probably to get all the way to the basket because I kind of squared him up but it came right in the nick of time."

Boston took a 53-51 lead into the half. Terry and Pierce each tallied 13 points to lead their respective squads.

Game Notes

Dallas has won six of the last seven meetings at Boston...Dallas is 13-5 on the road this season...The Celtics are 10-8 at home...Dallas drained 12-of-22 from three-point range.

01/10 00:21:36 ET

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