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Sunday, January 25th (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (25-18) at Boston Celtics (36-9), 1:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics are back on track and will shoot for their eighth straight win Sunday afternoon versus the Dallas Mavericks at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Celtics recorded their seventh win in a row with a 90-80 road victory over the Orlando Magic in a battle of the East's best on Thursday. Paul Pierce finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Garnett scored 16 points in a winning effort.

Glen Davis came off the bench to score 16 points in the win for the Celtics, who will aim for their fourth straight victory at home today. Boston is an impressive 21-2 as the host this season.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks will wrap up a four-game road trip in Boston and improved to 2-1 on the trek following Friday's 112-91 triumph over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Dirk Nowitzki tallied 26 points and seven rebounds and Josh Howard chipped in 22 points, as the Mavericks improved to 12-11 away from home in 2008-09. Brandon Bass contributed 18 points and Jason Terry, nursing a wrist injury, netted 14 for Dallas.

Jason Kidd ended with 10 assists and 11 points in a winning cause.

Boston won both meetings with Dallas a year ago, but the Mavericks have won 13 of 16 and 15 of the last 19 meetings. Dallas has won seven of nine and eight of its last 12 trips to Beantown.

01/25 10:21:10 ET

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