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When the Celtics are on, they can beat any team in the NBA on any night. A talented, but underachieving Mavericks squad came to Boston on Sunday, looking to end the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak. Instead, the Celtics dominated every facet of the game in a 124-100 victory for their eighth straight win overall.
Ray Allen was on fire yet again and shot 9-13 from the field (4-5 from beyond the arc) for 23 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Fellow-sharpshooter Eddie House was on fire yet again off the bench, knocking down seven more three-pointers to finish 8-14 overall with 23 points and two steals in 27 minutes.
The match-up fans were awaiting was Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett. Advantage KG. Dirk finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, but shot just 4-17 matched up against Garnett. Dirk had come off a 12-20 shooting performance with 26 points against the Pistons, but he was no match for Garnett, who scored 23 points on 11-17 shooting.
Rajon Rondo finished just three rebounds away from a triple double as he continues to make his case for an all-star nod. He scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out a game-high 14 assists. He also added four steals in a very Jason Kidd-like performance.
Winners of eight straight, the Celtics next play the Kings Wednesday night.