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Celtics starting shooting struggles spell defeat in Dallas

03.17.14 at 11:26 pm ET
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Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 to lead the Mavericks past the Celtics. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 to lead the Mavericks past the Celtics. (AP)

Though Jerryd Bayless nearly inspired a single-handed fourth-quarter comeback, a pulseless performance from the rest of the Celtics starting five yielded a 94-89 loss to the Mavericks. Bayless — who led the Celtics with 19 points — scored nine straight points in a 2:01 stretch in the game’s final minutes, and the C’s got within a point at 90-89 with just 22 seconds remaining, but Dallas converted four free throws to put the game away.

Despite the late outburst by Bayless, the Celtics’ starting five put together a brutal performance. The quintet of Bayless, Avery Bradley (11 points), Kris Humphries (5 points), Brandon Bass (5 points) and Jeff Green (5 points) amassed a combined 45 points on 17-of-55 (31 percent) from the floor, with Green (2-of-12) struggling through a particularly dismal performance. The poor shooting offset a solid night for the Celtics bench (led by Kelly Olynyk, who scored 16 and grabbed nine boards, and Jared Sullinger, who scored 13 with nine reboundes) and a dominant night on the glass (Boston outrebounded Dallas, 57-36).

The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki‘s 19 points and 10 point on a perfect 5-of-5 off the bench by Brandan Wright.

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