Red-hot Hayward powers Celtics past Mavericks

Agence France-Presse
Red-hot Hayward powers Celtics past Mavericks
Boston star Gordon Hayward flirts with a triple-double against the Mavs just two days after firing a season-high 35 points




LOS ANGELES, USA – Gordon Hayward flirted with a triple-double as the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 114-93, in what might have been Dirk Nowitzki’s final appearance at the Boston Garden on Friday, January 4 (Saturday, January 5, Manila time).

Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists before heading to the bench halfway through the 4th quarter with the Celtics ahead by a comfortable 22 points. Hayward was coming off a season-high 35 points against Minnesota on Wednesday.

“It was fun,” said Hayward. “I think when we have good spacing, we have talented players and it just makes the game easier. If you make the right read, everybody gets involved and it’s fun.”

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, Jayson Tatum added 18 points, and Al Horford had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the win.


The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by a scratched cornea.

Luka Doncic had 19 points and 9 assists for Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 15 rebounds in front of the crowd of 18,600.

Germany’s Nowitzki received two standing ovations and Boston fans chanted “Dirk, Dirk” in the final minute. He finished with 2 rebounds and no points as he considers retiring at the end of the season.

Nowitzki said he hasn’t officially made up his mind about a 22nd season, but was grateful to Boston’s fans for their support. (READ: 21 years in NBA, Dirk Nowitzki still undecided about retirement)

“They’re great sports fans. It’s a great sports town. They know the game and they appreciate the game,” Nowitzki said.

The Mavericks trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit to a point early in the 3rd quarter, but could get no closer.




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