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Celtics Lose Third Straight, 5th of 7, in Loss at Dallas

Boston CelticsDALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Shawn Marion had a double-double in his return from a calf injury and the Mavericks spoiled Jason Terry‘s return to Dallas with a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Terry scored eight in his first game in Dallas since leaving for Boston in free agency. He was the latest key piece the Mavericks decided not to keep since beating Miami in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Terry was known for 3-point shooting and clutch fourth quarters with the Mavericks, but he missed both 3-pointers for the game and was just 1-of-3 shooting without a try from long range in the final quarter.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass led Boston with 16 points apiece, and Bass added 11 rebounds.

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