BOSTON — After giving up 150 points to OKC on Tuesday, the (27-12) Boston Celtics got back on track with a blowout win over the (22-17) Dallas Mavericks Thursday night, 124-95.
Going into Thursday’s matchup the Mavericks were on a 7-game win streak thanks to Luka Doncic’s amazing play recently. However, Jayson Tatum’s triple-double helped put a stop to their reign. Tatum finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Tatum’s good performance may have been his response to the fans voting him being fourth in the all-star front court thus far. Tatum shared that he indeed wants to start for the all-star game.
For the C’s, it was a all-around team effort that allowed the blowout win at home. Boston jumped out to a double digit lead in the first quarter and didn’t look back. The Celtics went into halftime up 64-46. Mavericks were unable to overcome the deficit.
“When we’re at our best, we play really good basketball on both ends of the floor with high effort for a long period of time,” Interim Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “And then we go through a couple of games where we lose that. What I love about tonight was we did bounce back.”
The rest of the starting five for Boston put in work as well: Jaylen Brown finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, Marcus Smart dropped 15, Derrick White had 10, and Al Horford finished with 8.
But it was the bench that really gave Boston the boost they needed. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 15 points, he hit three 3’s from behind the arc. Grant Williams also finished with 12 points, he saw mismatches on the court and exploited them on the block.
Robert Williams was back in the lineup and only played 21 minutes.
The largest lead for the Celtics was 30 points. Boston also won the assist battle with 29 total to Dallas’ 15. Doncic was the leading scorer for his team with 23 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 18.
The Celtics will head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs Saturday evening.