Dec 12, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives the ball against Dallas Mavericks point guard Derek Fisher (6) during the first overtime at the TD Garden. Celtics defeated the Mavericks in double overtime 117-115. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Pierce scores 34 for Celtics in Win over Mavs

Former Kansas basketball player Paul Pierce scored 34 points as Boston defeated Dallas in double overtime on Wednesday night, 117-115. Pierce shot 11-25 from the field, and 3-8 from the three-point line. The 14-year pro also picked up six rebounds, three assists and four steals in the win.

Rajon Rondo nearly posted a triple-double in scoring 16 points, 15 assists and nine boards. Kevin Garnett had 16 points, and five rebounds. O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks with 24 points and Shawn Marion added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

The first quarter ended in a near tie with the home Celtics pulling in a 27-25 advantage after the period. Boston then scored the next eight points of the second quarter, pushing their lead to 10 points before Dallas answered. Boston held on to have a five-point lead at halftime.

The second half early on was more of the same as Boston jumped to a 13-point lead at 65-52. Dallas slowly chipped away at the lead, once again cutting it to single digits at the end of the third quarter at 76-70. A Darren Collison made lay-in at the 2:19 mark of the fourth quarter, knotted the game up at 92. Both teams traded baskets, to enter the first overtime at 96 points apiece. Neither team held much of an advantage in the first overtime as we had five more minutes of play to go with a 105-105 tie. Celtics guard Courtney Lee provided two pivotal free throws to push Boston to the eventual win with four seconds remaining.


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