Poor shooting dooms C's in 102-91 loss to Mavs

Poor shooting dooms C's in 102-91 loss to Mavs
February 9, 2014, 8:15 pm
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BOSTON — You anticipate that there are going to be nights when getting shots to fall will be difficult.

But as bad as the Celtics have been at times this season when it comes to making shots, Sunday's shooting was about as atrocious a job as we have seen this season.

And that would prove to be more than enough to end the Celtics' three game winning streak as the Mavs kept their own winning ways alive in handing the Celtics a 102-91 loss.

Boston wound up shooting 35.9 percent from the field after hovering below the team's season low of 32.3 percent shooting which occurred at Houston, Nov. 19, 2013.

Dallas (31-21) has now won five in a row.

And leading the way on Sunday for the Mavs was - who else? - Dirk Nowitzki who had 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting.

The low-scoring start to the game (Boston trailed 17-16 after the first quarter) would seem to play in the Celtics' favor against a Dallas squad that came in ranked seventh in the NBA in scoring.

Boston's defense did its part to keep the high-scoring Mavs from having a big game scoring, but the team's offense simply could not make shots for three-plus quarters.

And there were a lot of misses that were open or lightly contested shots that Boston consistently failed to connect.

Jared Sullinger who had a double-double scoring and rebounding in Boston's previous four games, was able to make it five in a row with 11 points and 12 rebounds but shot just 4-for-13 from the field.

Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo were back in the starting lineup which was believed to be a good thing.

Not on Sunday.

Bradley was especially bad with misses in 11 of his 13 shot attempts before finishing with five points.

Boston showed signs of snapping out of their woeful shooting in the game's closing minutes, as Chris Johnson's 3-pointer made it a single-digit game with 1:18 to play.

He finished with a career-high 14 points off the bench for the Celtics who also got a strong game from Rajon Rondo who was once again close to his first triple-double this season. Rondo finished with 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.