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Boston Celtics' depth proves too much in big win over Dallas Mavericks

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The Boston Celtics' depth proved too much as the cruised to a 114-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes, Boston went all the way down the roster, with five players scoring in double figures, with Jaylen Brown leading the way with 21, plus some big production from the bench.

Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Jayson Tatum added 18 points and Al Horford 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Boston were in a sharing mood all night notching 35 assists on 42 made field goals, with Rozier (7), Hayward (8) and Horford (8) fuelling the offence.

They got out to an early lead thanks to some suffocating defence, forcing six Mavs turnovers in the first quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 18 points before the Mavs cut the deficit to one point early in the third quarter. A 13-0 run in the second quarter helped narrow the deficit 58-51 at half-time, thanks to some timely buckets from Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan.

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For the Mavs, Luka Doncic had 19 points and nine assists, while Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and DeAndre Jordan finished 12 points and 15 rebounds.

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