Luka Doncic leads Mavs past Celtics 95-92 on Garnett’s Day

BOSTON (AP) — Luka Doncic came back from a hamstring scare to hit a 3-point tie with 1:21 left, Spencer Dinwiddie won the game with nine seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the game. Kevin Garnett’s special day beating the Boston Celtics 95-92 on Sunday.

As Garnett awaits the postgame ceremony to retire his No. 5 uniform, the Mavericks won for the seventh time in eight games and ended Boston’s five-game winning streak.

Doncic, who started in the first half rubbing his left leg, finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. He was called off for fouling Marcus Smart on a potential 3-point draw with five seconds left, but a review ruled it out.

The Celtics won the ensuing pop ball, called a timeout, and handed the ball to Jayson Tatum, who missed a lopsided 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Tatum had 21 points and 11 rebounds but only had a pair of field goals in the second half and ended a five-game streak of 30-point performances.

Maxi Kleber had 14 rebounds for Dallas.


Doncic came limping on late in the first quarter and stayed in the game, rubbing his left hamstrings. At the next whistle, he walked away and entered the tunnel.

The three-time All-Star returned midway through the second quarter and showed no further ill effects. Doncic is fifth in the NBA with an average of 28.1 points.


Garnett received a standing ovation when he walked in and he was graced with video tributes during most breaks. But one of the biggest cheers came early in the fourth quarter, when a ball got stuck above the basket backboard right next to his seat.

A member of the floor crew came out with a mop and offered it to the Hall of Fame as the crowd stood up to cheer him on.

He refused with a smile. The crew member knocked him down, then received a hug from Garnett.


The Celtics honored vice president of public relations Heather Walker during a second quarter break. The longtime executive battles glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Garnett gave her several long hugs on the court.

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation said it will match all donations up to $100,000 to the Heather Walker Glioblastoma Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


The teams, which are two of the top three in defense, combined to allow just 85 points in the first half. … Al Horford blocked two shots in a defensive position. He also had five interceptions. … Doncic hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Boston at Dallas on Nov. 6. … The Celtics were called for a pair of technicals in the second quarter, the first on Robert Williams III and the second on Coach I’m Udoka.


Mavericks: In Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Celtics: At Golden State Wednesday night.


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