Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds in 53 minutes while Paul Pierce had a season-high 34 points as the Celtics outlasted the Mavericks, 117-115, in a double-overtime thriller Wednesday night at TD Garden. Jason Terry had just 10 points in 47 minutes against the team with which he won an NBA championship in 2011. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and five rebounds in 41 minutes.
Vince Carter hit a three with 9.3 seconds in remaining in double-overtime to cut Boston's lead to one but Pierce hit two free throws to restore a three-point lead. Darren Collison hit a pair of free throws with 6.1 seconds left but Pierce again answered with two free throws with 5.3 seconds left to seal the game.
The Mavericks helped Boston's cause, committing 28 turnovers, leading to 34 points. The Celtics committed just 13 turnovers in 58 minutes.
Despite a red-hot start by Dallas from the field, the Celtics were in control for most of the first half. The Mavericks, who had Shawn Marion return from a strained right groin after a two-game absence, made nine of their first 15 shots and finished the first quarter shooting 11-of-19 from the field. But the Celtics, thanks to six points in the first five minutes from Kevin Garnett, took a 27-25 lead after the first quarter.
The Celtics opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run to expand their lead to 10. Paul Pierce led the way, scoring 11 of his 16 first-half points in the second stanza. Pierce added three steals as the Celtics took a 48-43 lead to the locker room at the half.
The Celtics opened the second half on a 17-9 spurt to build a 13-point lead, 65-52, with 6:36 left. But the Mavericks closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to cut Boston's lead down to 74-70 before Rondo hit an 18-foot jumper from the left wing at the buzzer to give Boston a 76-70 lead heading into the fourth.
Green again provided a huge energy boost off the bench in the fourth quarter, highlighted by an alley-oop slam on a lob from Rondo. The thunderous dunk with 9:42 left in the fourth put Boston up, 82-77. Green scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Garnett hit a turnaround with 2:58 left in the fourth to put Boston up 92-88 but O.J. Mayo countered with a basket and Darren Collison drove for a layup that tied the game, 92-92, with 2:20 left, the first tie since 21-21 in the first quarter. Rondo hit a jumper with 2:04 left to put Boston up, 94-92. Derek Fisher responded with a three that gave Dallas its first lead of the night, 95-94, with 1:47 left. Pierce came down and hit a turnaround jumper with 1:30 left to put the Celtics back in front.
Mayo hit one of two free throws with 52.1 seconds left to tie the game, 96-96. Pierce came down and forced a shot to get a 2-for-1 chance at the end of the game. Rondo saved the game with a reach-around poke that forced Mayo to turn the ball over with 6.9 seconds left. Rondo went one-on-one off the in-bounds play and had his shot partially blocked to force overtime.
Overtime started well for the Celtics as Terry converted a three-point play, with a field goal and free throw with 4:36 remaining in overtime. After three straight points from Collison, Pierce gave Boston the lead again, 101-99, with a layup with 2:08 left. After Mayo tied the game, 105-105, with 11.1 seconds left, the Celtics had another chance to win it but Pierce's fallaway was short at the buzzer, forcing a second overtime.
The Celtics are off Thursday before opening a three-game road trip on Friday in Houston. They play in San Antonio on Saturday before a game against the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday. For complete coverage from Mike Petraglia and Ben Rohrbach, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Joe Castiglione talked to John Farrell before the second game against the Twins. The manager said that the Sox can win with small-ball or with big-ball.
Will Middlebrooks hit a 3-run double in the top of the 9th inning to power the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rays tonight. He joined Joe & Dave after the final call live from the dugout.
Larry joined the program to discuss the teams recent struggles and informed the guys that it is still early in the season. Larry also said that he still has faith that Daniel bard can turn things around.
Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski has emerged as one of the young stars of the team and he joins Mut and Tom Caron to discuss his role on the team, why he's confident, and the trade that almost sent him to Calgary.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss the Bruins Game 1 win over the Rangers, the play of the three young Bruins defensemen, and the fatigue Jagr has shown on the ice.
Pierre McGuire joins Tom Caron and Mut to discuss the Bruins young defensemen, the intensity and energy level in the game, and the Rangers offense.
Shawn joined the program to discuss another overtime win for the Bruins. When asked about Game 7 against Toronto, Thornton said that he would like to keep his specific comments in the dressing room private, but acknowledged that he encouraged Tyler Seguin to up his play and it paid off in overtime.
Barry joined the guys to help breakdown the Bruins overtime win last night in game one. Barry said that he has rarely seen a team dominate as much as the Bruins yet be forced to an overtime.
Boomer joined the program to discuss the tough loss for his beloved Rangers. Boomer told the guys that Lundqvist will be better in game two and predicted a seven game series.
Millar joins the show to discuss the recent Sox slide, Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of power, and hitting in the big leagues.
We talk all things game one with Jack Edwards of NESN, and get to hear a little from Jack's Finnish protege as well.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today.. Joe Thornton and disappointing former Boston athletes, parking in Boston, buying jersey numbers and more...
We talk about the report that Rob Gronkowski may now be a candidate for back surgery with a disc problem. Is Gronk just an injury prone guy? Or is he not rehabbing proberly? Can the Pats build an offense around a guy who is so inconsistently on the field? We discuss.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins take a 2-1 series lead, the Red Sox get a run-off win, and we hear about cannibals and bible thieves.
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
Damn New Yorkers!
Sauce Man stylings!
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Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, joined the show to give the guys an update of his condition and a first-hand account of that terrible day. Jeff told the guys how he wrote the description of the bomber as soon as he could. Mr. Bauman added that he is aided every day with the knowledge that he is alive and the terrorist that detonated the bomb is dead.More from this show