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Brad Stevens
Mavericks survive against Celtics after nearly blowing huge lead

DALLAS Clearly, their high-octane offense is so good when it's clicking that the Dallas Mavericks feel they can get away with haphazard defense for long stretches of games like an entire second half. They survived against a rebuilding Eastern Conference team like Boston on Monday night. But it'll never work against the better teams they will see soon. The Mavericks gave up a disturbing 72 points in the second half and still won 118-113 over the Celtics, who were guilty of some pretty shabby defense themselves. The Mavericks won for the third consecutive game after the season-opening loss at San Antonio. They shot better than 50 percent for the third consecutive game, too. ...