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BOSTON (AP) — Luka Doncic had 36 points and eight rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Boston Celtics 113-108 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson added 21 points, including two late free throws, and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 19 points to help the Mavericks win their second straight.

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Dallas led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before the Celtics rallied to within single digits in the fourth.

Jayson Tatum had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston. Jaylen Brown added 24.

Boston has lost its last two.

The Mavericks were clinging to a 104-98 lead when Doncic was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 56 seconds left. He connected on two of his three ensuing free throws.

Boston kept attacking and got within 109-107 on a Marcus Smart tip-in of a Tatum missed layup.

The Celtics quickly fouled Brunson, but he calmly sank two free throws with 11.3 seconds left.

Boston trade deadline acquisition Moe Wagner made his first start with Robert Williams sidelined with a non-COVID-19 illness.

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Wagner traded off the primary duties of guarding Porzingis with fellow Boston newbie Luke Kornet. They slowed him at times, but Porzingis was able to wear them down as the game wore on. The Mavericks big man missed the first meeting this season between the teams last month because of a sore back.

Dallas used a 20-5 run to take 61-39 lead late in the second quarter, hitting three consecutive 3s at one point. Doncic was nearly flawless in the half, connecting on 8 of 9 shots (5 of 6 from 3-point range) and scoring 24 points.

It prompted Celtics fans to voice their displeasure for the second straight game, raining boos down on the home team multiple times.
Walker and Tatum started a combined 3 of 15 from the field and Boston’s offense suffered. Tatum attempted to get himself going, but often slowed ball movement in the half court as he ate up possessions in isolation situations and repeatedly came up empty on shot attempts.


Mavericks: Had 13 3-pointers in the first half, taking a 19-point lead into halftime. … Played without Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety protocols), JJ Redick (right heel soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons).

Celtics: Romeo Langford (post-health and safety protocols reconditioning), Semi Ojeleye (left side strain) and Tristan Thompson (health and safety protocols) sat out.


Mavericks: Visit Knicks on Friday night.
Celtics: Host Rockets on Friday night.

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Shock twist in murder of mom and her two young sons, 4 & 1, after police arrest a CHILD and husband slams online trolls

POLICE have arrested a CHILD after a mom and her two toddler sons, age 1 and 4, were found dead - the father slams online trolls amid the chaos.

The bodies of Kassandra Sweeney, 25, and her two sons Benjamin, 4, and Mason, 1, were found by police in their New Hampshire home on August 3.

3Kassandra Sweeney, 25, (center left) and two kids were found dead in their home on August 3Credit: GoFundMe 3Officials confirmed that the three were killed by a single gunshot wound eachCredit: NBC Boston 3Benjamin, 4, (left) and Mason, 1, (right) were the children of Kassandra and Sean - Sean later took to Facebook to thank everyone for supporting him during this timeCredit: Facebook

Authorities responded to a call around 11.33am that day, where they discovered the three bodies in the town of Northfield.

The Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jennie V. Duval, confirmed that the three died from a single gunshot wound in each of their bodies and ruled all three deaths a homicide.

Before police found a suspect, residents of Northfield were scared of the rumors that were spreading.

"Every other customer is coming in saying something about the gun and who did it," Barbara Moulton, a local convenience store worker, told NBC10.

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"The first three or four days people were really scared, like, 'Oh no, who was it?'" she added.

Police are not disclosing the identity of the child who had been charged with the deaths because of their age.

Kassandra's husband and the father to the two children who were killed, Sean Sweeney, posted on Facebook.

He thanked those who have been supporting him, while addressing some online trolls he has encountered.

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Sean said: "Thank you to everyone who has spent the last few days ensuring that the random idiots online are properly informed and,

"while I still am unable to confirm anything as to what happened and who is responsible I'm beyond words to those who just know better and are stopping my name from being dragged through the mud,

"and for making sure the rest of the world knows that my beautiful wife was the most amazing, caring, sweetest all around good person that anyone could ever meet and just how much she loved our boys," he said.

Sean has been "very cooperative and helpful in this investigation," Senior Assistant Attorney General Geoff Ward said.

Kassandra's cousin, Alizabeth Dawson, has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for Sean's living expenses and memorial services for the three family members.

In the post, Dawson said: "Our family is beyond devastated."

According to their obituaries, "Everyone that knew Kass knew she was born to be a wife and mother.

"Kass's greatest joys in life were being a wife to Sean and being a Mommy to Benjamin and Mason."

Benjamin's smile "could light up the entire room" and he enjoyed "learning about dinosaurs with his daddy" and "cleaning and baking with his Mommy."

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His little brother, Mason, "loved cuddling with his family, dancing to The Beach Boys 'Barbara Ann' and 'Baby Shark'."

The accused child has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of falsifying physical evidence, according to officials.

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