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Celtics bring Mavs to school

Jayson Tatum fires his way to 32 points as the Boston Celtics destroyed the Dallas Mavericks, 138-110, in an NBA regular season game on Friday. | BRIAN FLUHARTY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — The Boston Celtics, fueled by 32 points from Jayson Tatum and 21 three-pointers, withstood a 37-point triple-double from Luka Doncic to beat the Dallas Mavericks 138-110 on Friday and push their National Basketball Association winning streak to 10 games.

Tatum took awhile to warm up, missing all four of his shots in the first quarter, but the All-Star forward scored 16 in the third quarter as the Celtics seized control.

Down by seven at halftime, the Mavs pulled within two points midway through the third.

But Jaylen Brown and Tatum connected on back-to-back three-pointers and the Celtics pulled relentlessly away.

Brown scored 25 points and Kristaps Porzingis, who carried the early offensive load, added 24 as seven Boston players scored in double figures.

They simply overwhelmed the Mavs, despite Doncic’s 12th triple-double of the season. Doncic added 12 rebounds and 11 assists and Kyrie Irving scored 19 points despite connecting on just nine of 23 shot attempts.

“In simple terms, we have a really good team,” Tatum said after the league-leading Celtics became the first team this season to win 10 straight.

“Every night is going to look a little bit different. As long as we continue to build good habits and win, it’s all going to work itself out.”

The Golden State Warriors shook off a travel nightmare to push their road winning streak to eight games with a 120-105 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.

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