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