So close . . . again.
The Boston Celtics suffered yet another down-to-the-wire loss on Monday, losing 94-89 to the Dallas Mavericks.
Boston finishes the season with an 0-15 record on the road against Western Conference teams, the first Eastern Conference team in NBA history to lose every road game against their Western brethren.
"It's not something you shoot for," coach Brad Stevens told reporters before the game. "It's not something you like to do. The West is clearly better than the East. I don't think anyone would argue that."
Monday's loss. like so many this season for the Celtics, was one in which Boston did not go down without a fight.
The C's fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second half, but made it a one-possession game courtesy of a strong fourth quarter from Jerryd Bayless.
Trailing 92-89 with the ball and 19.8 seconds to play, Bayless missed a pair of shots around the basket and the ball ultimately wound up in the hands of the Mavericks.
Two free throws later, the Celtics' winless season on the road against Western Conference teams was sealed.
And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
-- Jerryd Bayless: He single-handedly brought the Celtics within striking distance in the fourth quarter, scoring nine straight points in fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 19 points.
-- Kelly Olynyk: Olynyk continues to progress with yet another solid outing, scoring 16 points to go with nine rebounds off the bench.
-- Rebounding: Boston had one of its better rebounding performances, a decisive 57-36 edge on the boards.
-- Points in the paint defense: Despite a strong showing on the boards, the Celtics still managed to be outscored 36-32 on points in the paint.
-- Jeff Green: As usual, Green's play the night after a strong performance -- in this case, a season high-tying 39 points -- was a dud. To his credit, he did grab nine rebounds. But as the Celtics' leading scorer, Green's job most nights is to well, score. He finished with just five points, missing 10 of his 12 shots from the field.