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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Celtics Take Out Dallas As Winter Slump Ends

BOSTON -- Sitting at his locker and squinting against the television light, Alaa Abdelnaby prattled on about his contribution to the Celtics' 110-102 victory over Dallas.

He did not notice the face of Robert Parish, who leaned in above the media circle and stared at his teammate as if enthralled by every word.

After saying he only wanted to give the team what it was missing -- enthusiasm, an easy basket or two -- Abdelnaby was interrupted by The Chief, who boomed, "Way to articulate, Muhammed!"

A winter that started so cold has hit a warming trend. After losing to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Garden Jan. 14, the Celtics were mired in a 2-13 slump. Now they've won five in a row.

The positive vibes were absent from the locker room at halftime, when the Celtics were fortunate to lead, 55-54. The Mavs had taken a nine-point lead after one quarter as the Celtics threw fastbreak passes into the seats (Dee Brown), dribbled the ball off their feet (Sherman Douglas) and allowed Jimmy Jackson open jumpers.

After halftime, a Parish dunk, a Dino Radja layup, a Fox dunk, a Parish tap-in and three Jackson turnovers made for a 61-56 Boston lead. An alley-oop jam by Fox from Douglas sparked a 7-0 run that put the Celtics ahead 75-65, a margin they carried into the fourth. Dallas could pull no closer than eight.

Jazz 95, SuperSonics 90. At Utah, Karl Malone had 26 points and 16 rebounds, John Stockton added 16 points and 18 assists to rally Utah over Seattle.

Bulls 92, Pistons 86. In Detroit, Bill Wennington and Toni Kukoc combined for 11 points in a 17-2 run to lead Chicago to their seventh straight win with a triumph over Detroit.

Bucks 96, Pacers 88. At Indiana, Jon Barry scored 12 of his career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to post a victory over Indiana.