Celtics vs. Mavericks final score: Brandan Wright leads Dallas to 104-94 win

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The Dallas Mavericks kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Boston Celtics Friday.

The Dallas Mavericks (33-36) moved to within three games of the Los Angeles Lakers (36-33) for eighth place in the Western Conference with a 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics (36-32) Friday. The Lakers are playing the Washington Wizards Friday. The loss was Boston's third straight.

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Brandan Wright led the Mavs with 23 points and eight rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points and Shawn Marion had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Vince Carter scored 19 points off the bench.

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 16 points each for Boston. The Celtics shot just 42 percent.

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