Jaylen Brown puts home a driving layup against Dallas

Keys to the Game: Celtics 125, Mavericks 112

Marc D'Amico
Team Reporter and Analyst

Key Moment

Boston bounced back Wednesday night, and it did so in a big way.

Two days after a lackluster performance in Chicago, the Celtics dismantled the visiting Dallas Mavericks inside TD Garden. Boston led by double-figures for all but 68 seconds of the final 40:37 of playing time, at one point extending its lead to as many as 27 points before completing a 125-112 victory.

Boston took complete control of the game late in the second quarter, when it put together a 13-1 run to open up a 25-point lead. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart accounted for all 13 of those Celtics points during the spurt.

Tatum scored 10 of the points all on his own over a span of just 1:59 of playing time. He opened the run with two free throws before Smart canned a 3-pointer. Tatum then put home an offensive rebound before making a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 65-43 game. He closed out the run by making three freebies from the charity stripe after Spencer Dinwiddie fouled him on a 3-point attempt.

The Celtics never let off the gas from that moment on and controlled the game until the final buzzer for their league-best 14th win of the season.

Key Player

Jayson Tatum continued his incredible season Wednesday night by logging a monster double-double against the Dallas Mavericks. Not only did he lead the Celtics with 37 points, but he also led the game with a season-high 13 rebounds while tying for the game high in blocked shots with two.

The superstar wing was excellent from start to finish, scoring seven points during the first quarter, 16 during the second quarter, six during the third quarter, and another eight during the final period. He accounted for 10 of Boston’s 13 points amid a game-changing 13-1 run during the second quarter.

Yet again, Tatum utilized the free-throw line to fuel his big scoring night, He attempted a game-high 15 freebies and converted on 13 of them to buoy his scoring performance.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Boston led by as many as 27, while Dallas' largest lead was two.
  • Jayson Tatum (37 points) and Jaylen Brown (31 points) combined to score 68 points.
  • The C's tallied 29 assists, led by nine from Marcus Smart.
  • Tatum's 13 made free throws matched Dallas' team total.
  • Luka Doncic led the game with 42 points and also tied for the game high in assists with nine while grabbing eight rebounds.
  • Boston put together an impressive shooting night as a team, making 53.6 percent of its shots overall, 50 percent of its 3-pointers, and 85.7 percent of its free throws.
  • Christian Wood came off the bench to lead all reserves with 26 points for Dallas.
  • Marcus Smart tied for the game high in assists with nine and also scored 13 points while logging a game-best plus-21 in the plus/minus rating.
  • Malcolm Brogdon came off the bench to score 13 points on 50 percent shooting.
  • Al Horford bounced back from a rough game by pouring in 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting effort to go along with five rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot.

Quote of the Night

"We talk a lot about, ‘Great teams stay the best version of themselves for longer periods of time and bounce back quickly.’"

- Joe Mazzulla on the team's mindset coming off a loss in Chicago