Celtics can't stop Mavs, skid

Defense the problem in Boston's third straight home loss

Updated: January 19, 2010, 9:49 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The 1986 Bears? The Celtics' defense has looked more like that of the 2009 Patriots with the way Boston has wilted in the second half while dropping three straight at home.

The Celtics held a nine-point advantage coming out of halftime Monday night and led by as many as 12 in the third quarter before the wheels came off. Dallas scored 15 of the final 18 points of the quarter, which helped the Mavericks emerge with a 99-90 triumph at TD Garden.

After shooting 46.9 percent ...

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