Barea, Barnes score 20 points each as Mav­er­icks top Celtics

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SCHUYLER DIXON

J.J. Barea scored 20 points with a key 3-pointer that helped put Dal­las in con­trol in the fourth quar­ter, and the Mav­er­icks won their sixth straight home game, beat­ing the Bos­ton Celtics 113-104 on Satur­day night.

Har­ri­son Barnes also had 20 points, teenage rookie Luka Don­cic to­taled 15 points and matched Barea with eight as­sists while start­ing at point guard with Den­nis Smith Jr. side­lined by a wrist in­jury as the Mav­er­icks (9-9) got back to .500 with their sev­enth win in nine games.

It’s the lat­est Dal­las has been .500 or bet­ter since the end of the 2015-16 sea­son, and it’s the first six-game home win­ning streak for the Mav­er­icks in al­most two years.

Jayson Ta­tum scored 21 points and Kyrie Irv­ing and Mar­cus Smart had 19 apiece for the Celtics, who fol­lowed a win with a loss in a back-to-back for the third straight time this sea­son a night af­ter win­ning in Atlanta.

Bos­ton was without Gor­don Hay­ward, who sat with sore­ness in his sur­gi­cally re­paired left an­kle, in part be­cause of playing on con­sec­u­tive nights.

The Mav­er­icks led by five start­ing the fourth quar­ter but pushed the lead to 106-90 on 3-point­ers by Barea and Wes­ley Matthews, who had 15 points af­ter miss­ing three straight games and four of the past five with a left ham­string strain.

Don­cic looked like a nat­u­ral at the point from the start with five as­sists in the first quar­ter while mak­ing all three of his 3-point at­tempts for nine points.

In one se­quence, he sent Mar­cus Mor­ris lung­ing to­ward the bas­ket with a fake away from the ball, then watched Irv­ing fly past him by fak­ing the shot be­fore mak­ing a 3.

Irv­ing got rolling in the sec­ond quar­ter, scor­ing

nine points on 4-of-5 shoot­ing while help­ing cut an 11-point deficit to three at half­time (59-56).

Don­cic was do­ing enough for the Celtics to feel the need to try to knock him off his game in the third quar­ter.

Jaylen Brown put a fore­arm in Don­cic’s chest when he was look­ing an­other di­rec­tion while run­ning up the floor and sent the 19-year-old sprawl­ing. Brown’s move came af­ter Don­cic in­ter­cepted a pass in tran­si­tion near mid­court, drove to the base­line and slipped a pass to Jor­dan for a dunk.

Jor­dan was given his sec­ond tech­ni­cal for hang­ing on the rim, but of­fi­cials ruled it a non-un­sports­man­like tech­ni­cal, al­low­ing Jor­dan to avoid an ejec­tion as he fin­ished with 14 points and 13 re­bounds. Brown re­ceived an off­set­ting tech­ni­cal on a video re­view for the blind­side hit on Don­cic.

Don­cic had to be sep­a­rated from Brown af­ter the se­quence, and there was an­other dustup when Smart shoved Maxi Kle­ber not long af­ter they were part of a jump ball in the fi­nal sec­onds, long af­ter the out­come had been de­cided. Smart, playing against his home­town team, was as­sessed a tech­ni­cal.


Celtics: Al Hor­ford re­turned af­ter miss­ing his first game of the sea­son to rest a sore left knee. He had eight points and eight re­bounds. … Brown scored 16 points, and Mor­ris added 13. … Irv­ing was 9 of 24 from the field with six as­sists and five turnovers.

Mav­er­icks: De­An­dre Jor­dan had 14 points and 13 re­bounds. … F/C Dwight Pow­ell missed his third straight game with a left knee in­jury. … Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith sprained his right wrist in a loss to Mem­phis two games ear­lier. He played but was lim­ited in a win over Brook­lyn.


Celtics: At New Or­leans on Mon­day.

Mav­er­icks: At Hous­ton on Wed­nes­day.


Dal­las Mav­er­icks for­ward Har­ri­son Barnes, right, shoots while be­ing de­fended by Bos­ton Celtics cen­ter Aron Baynes in the first half Satur­day in Dal­las. The Mav­er­icks won 113-104.

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