Ford Keys to the Game: Mavericks 94, Celtics 89

Mavericks 94, Celtics 89 - Dallas, TX
By Marc D'Amico, March 18, 2014

Key Moment

Jerryd Bayless gave the Celtics a chance Monday night after they trailed the Mavs by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter. The most critical play of the game, however, didn’t go his way.

Boston trailed by three points when it came out of a timeout with 19.8 seconds remaining in regulation. The team wanted to get two quick points to extend the game, and Bayless wound up being the man who tried to score them.

Bayless drove to the basket and tossed up a running bank shot that bounced off the rim and out into the middle of the paint. The shot missed, but Bayless wasn’t interested in giving up on the possession. At 6-foot-3 and standing in the land of the trees, Bayless jumped up over everyone and hauled in the board.

That rebound gave Boston another shot to cut into Dallas’ lead. Bayless went right back up for an eight-foot jumper but Vince Carter, known all too well for his leaping ability, rose high to emphatically swat the attempt away.

Shawn Marion wound up with the loose ball and the Celtics immediately fouled him. Marion went to the free-throw line and hit both of his attempts for the final points of the night, giving Dallas a 94-89 victory.

Key Box Score Line

Kelly Olynyk ended a stretch of four consecutive single-digit scoring performances with a breakout night in Dallas. He dropped in 16 points off the bench to lead all reserves while making six of his 11 field goal attempts.

Boston’s rookie big man also put in plenty of work on the glass. His nine rebounds were two more than any Dallas player grabbed. He tallied three offensive boards, which were more than the total of any Mavs player. Olynyk also contributed an assist and a steal during his 27 minutes of action.

On a night in which the Celtics shot just 36.6 percent from the field, Olynyk stood out as the team’s most efficient player who shot in bulk. He shot 54.6 percent from the field, while every other Celtic who attempted more than six shots made 35.7 percent or less of their attempts.

Olynyk’s strong performance across the board helped Boston in a big way. The Celtics outscored the Mavs by 15 points while he was on the court, giving him the top plus/minus rating of the game.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Kris Humphries' 14 rebounds were double the amount of Dallas' top rebounder.
  • Neither team shot better than 42.3 percent.
  • Three of Boston's starters (Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries) scored only five points apiece.
  • Jerryd Bayless and Dirk Nowitzki tied for the game-high in scoring with 19 points each.
  • Both teams dished out 20 assists.
  • Only two players on Dallas' roster committed more than two fouls.
  • Samuel Dalembert accounted for two of the game's five blocked shots.
  • Humphries' seven offensive rebounds matched the largest individual rebound total of any Dallas player.
  • Three players (Bayless, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris) tied for the game high in assists with six apiece.
  • After scoring no more than 22 points in any of the first three quarters, the Celtics scored 28 in the fourth.
  • Boston outrebounded Dallas by a count of 57-36.
  • Monta Ellis shot 8-of-9 from the free-throw line for game highs in both makes and attempts.
  • Avery Bradley grabbed a game-high three steals.

Quote of the Night

We’re not giving up. Obviously the season hasn’t gone as expected, but we’re not going to give up and everyone is going to continue to compete every night.
Jerryd Bayless on his team's effort moving forward

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