NBA Finals 2024: Boston Celtics Secure Record 18th Title with Dominant Win Over Dallas Mavericks

NBA Finals 2024: The Boston Celtics made history by winning their 18th NBA championship, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 106-88 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The victory, celebrated at the TD Garden, sealed a 4-1 series win, marking a significant moment for the Celtics.

NBA Finals 2024: Boston Celtics Secure Record 18th Title with Dominant Win Over Dallas Mavericks
During the Boston Celtics' 2024 NBA Finals matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, Jayson Tatum joins his teammates in celebrating. Photo Credit: AFP

With a dominant effort on both ends of the court, Tatum led Boston to a victory over their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Lakers, to become the only team in NBA history with 18 titles. The decisive victory occurred exactly sixteen years after Boston’s final NBA Finals victory—against the Lakers in 2008—today.

“Oh my God. It’s an odd sensation. After the victory, a triumphant Tatum said, “We did it.” “Oh my God, we succeeded—we did it!” “What a wonderful sensation this is. I’m at a loss for words. I apologize.

With 21 points, Jaylen Brown—who won Finals Most Valuable Player—and Derrick White (14) provided Tatum with scoring assistance.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving of Dallas, who had guided the Western Conference’s fifth seed to the NBA playoffs on an unlikely giant-killing run, met a tragic end to their playoffs. With 28 points, Doncic was outstanding in the Mavs’ decisive victory against the Celtics in game four.

Afterwards, a devastated Doncic remarked, “I’m proud of every guy that stepped on the floor, all the coaches, all the people behind.” “I’m proud of every one of them, but we had an incredible season even though we obviously didn’t win the Finals.” When asked what was on his mind, Doncic said, “Nothing.” We’re sad that we lost.

While this was going on, Irving managed a pitiful 15 points while being booed and jeered at by Celtics supporters who were still upset about his departure in 2019.

first-placed In the meantime, Boston convincingly reaffirmed their dominance once more following their game-four rout, leading by double digits from the end of the second quarter to the final buzzer. The Celtics controlled the first half and opened up a 67-46 lead at the intermission, laying the groundwork for their eventual win.

After an incredible first two quarters for Boston, Payton Pritchard sealed the deal with a massive, buzzer-beating three-pointer from close to half-court that put the Celtics ahead by 21 points.

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Boston’s swarming defense prevented Dallas from ever getting into any kind of rhythm, and they quickly established a 9-2 lead in the first quarter. The Mavericks came back to cut the deficit to two points at 17–15 after Boston had taken a 13-5 lead, but Boston’s defense quickly regained the upper hand.

At the end of the first quarter, the Celtics led 28-18 thanks to two swift steals from Sam Hauser and Tatum. Irving and Doncic saw no break from Boston’s defense, which limited the stars of Dallas to just 14 points apiece in the first quarter.

Tatum and Brown, on the other hand, made threats to overwhelm the Mavs defense. Following the restart, Boston showed no signs of slowing down. Early in the third quarter, Holiday’s cutting layup put Boston ahead by 26 points, 78-52.

In the closing minutes of the third quarter, there were glimmers of a Dallas comeback; nevertheless, Boston maintained command and led by 19 points going into the fourth.

There was never any doubt that the Celtics would prevail because of the enthusiastic crowd at the TD Garden. Boston kept creating opportunities for baskets and held a commanding double-digit lead to seal the victory.

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