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Celtics Game Report: Celtics Squander Late Lead, Fall to Luka Doncic, Mavericks, 95-92

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The Boston Celtics fell to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks Saturday afternoon, 95-92, on the day of the jersey retirement of Kevin Garnett.

The two teams traded buckets throughout the ballgame in a relatively low-scoring affair. With just over 80 seconds left in the game, Doncic knocked down a three-pointer to tie it at 92-92, and Jayson Tatum missed his pull-up mid-ranger.

With under 10 seconds left, Doncic drove in and got double-teamed, forcing him to pass out to the wide-open Dorian Finney-Smith, who knocked down the game-winning three.

It looked as if Boston had a chance though when Marcus Smart was fouled on his three-point attempt by Doncic in the dying seconds of the game, but after review, it was overturned, and it was not a foul — giving Dallas the win. Smart would have had the chance to tie it with a trio of free throws had it been called a foul.

In a balanced scoreline, Tatum led Boston with both 11 boards and 21 points, while Al Horford had 17, Smart posted 15, and Jaylen Brown had 14.

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