Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Saturday, December 10th
Celtics94Final
Mavericks103
Game 2: Monday, January 9th
Mavericks104Final
Celtics102

Mavericks 104

(26-9, 13-5 away)

Celtics 102

(13-21, 10-8 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, January 9, 2006

TD Garden, Boston, MA

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 23 28 28 25104
BOS 25 28 21 28102

Top Performers

Dallas: J. Terry 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

Boston: P. Pierce 32 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Stackhouse's last-second shot beats Celtics

BOSTON (AP) -- Dallas had one too many shooters for the Boston Celtics to cover.

Jerry Stackhouse made a baseline jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks over the Celtics 104-102 on Monday night.

Jason Terry hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 as the Mavericks won their third straight game. They improved to 13-5 on the road, best in the Western Conference.

On the game-winning play, the original plan was for Terry or Nowitzki, but it was Stackhouse who got open.

Stackhouse got the ball in front of the Celtics bench and drove the right baseline before pulling up and nailing a 12-footer over Ricky Davis.

"Obviously, I've hit a quite a few shots in this league," Stackhouse said, smiling.

Stackhouse finished 20 points and Keith Van Horn had 12.

"It was for JT if we could get him the ball because of the game he was having, or we would have liked Dirk to take the shot," Stackhouse said. "At that point, it's just a matter of whoever gets the ball."

Stackhouse missed the first 26 games of the season with a sore right knee before returning on Dec. 23.

"It was a matter of time before Jerry got back into his rhythm," Terry said. "We see it every day in practice. It's nothing new to us."

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points, tying it with a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds to play. The Celtics erased a 12-point deficit in the closing 5:50.

"They have a number of guys who can step up," Pierce said. "That's why they're one of the better teams in the NBA."

Van Horn hit two 3s, Nowitzki one and Terry another during a 14-4 run that made it 96-84.

The Celtics answered with a 15-4 surge, closing to 100-99 on Pierce's driving dunk with 1:35 to go. Mark Blount missed a jumper with just over a minute left that would have given Boston the lead, and Josh Howard grabbed the rebound. Howard also got an offensive rebound before Nowitzki hit a fallaway over Pierce, making it 102-99 with 16 seconds to play.

Pierce then nailed his 3, setting the stage for Stackhouse.

"I was right there," Davis said. "He made a great shot. I pressured him, but he made a great pull-up."

Led by three from Terry, five of Dallas' eight baskets in the third quarter were 3-pointers as the Mavericks took a 79-74 lead.

The Mavericks took their first lead since early in the second quarter at 68-65 when Terry nailed his sixth 3-pointer of the game with 5:51 left in the third period.

The Celtics led 53-51 at halftime.

Game notes


Jason Kidd holds the Mavericks' team record with eight 3-pointers in a double-OT game against Houston on April 11, 1995. ... Celtics guard Tony Allen left the floor and was diagnosed with a sprained left foot in the second quarter, but returned in the third. ... Patriots RB Corey Dillon was seated courtside. ... Boston coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Gerald Green reported to Fayetteville of the NBA's Development League. ... Rivers started Raef LaFrentz "to stretch Dallas a bit" defensively with an additional outside shooting threat. ... Maureen McGovern sang the national anthem. ... The Mavericks shot just 33 percent in the first quarter, with Nowitzki going 1-for-5 with three points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
BOS
Points 104 102
FGM-FGA 31-74 (.419) 36-79 (.456)
3PM-3PA 12-22 (.545) 3-10 (.300)
FTM-FTA 30-42 (.714) 27-35 (.771)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 14-38
Assists 18 23
Turnovers 13 9
Steals 7 3
Blocks 7 2
Fast Break Points 8 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 28 (1/0)
Largest Lead 12 9

Top Performers

Dallas
Boston
Jason Terry Terry
Points: 30
Reb: 2
Ast: 3
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Paul Pierce Pierce
Points: 32
Reb: 8
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 0