Celtics Top Mavericks for NBA Title

The Boston Celtics secured their 18th NBA championship title with a resounding 106-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Finals on June 17, 2024, at the TD Garden in Boston.  This historic win propelled the Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers, making them the franchise with the most NBA titles.

The Celtics took control of the game early, closing the first quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 28-18 lead.  Their dominance continued in the second quarter, as they extended their advantage to a commanding 21-point lead at halftime, 67-46. The Mavericks struggled to find their rhythm, missing seven of their first eight field goal attempts.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics’ charge with a game-high 31 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown contributed 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Jrue Holiday added 15 points, 11 rebounds, and tenacious defense that kept the Mavericks’ stars in check.

Despite Luka Doncic’s 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving’s 15 points and 9 assists, the Mavericks could not overcome the Celtics’ relentless onslaught.  Every time Dallas showed signs of recovery, Boston quickly quelled their hopes, leading by as much as 26 points in the second half.

The Celtics finished the regular season with the NBA’s best record of 64-18 and carried their exceptional form into the playoffs, setting a franchise record of 10 consecutive postseason wins.  They eliminated the Miami Heat 4-1 in the first round, dispatched the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the second round, and swept the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals before defeating the Mavericks in the Finals.

With this victory, the Celtics etched their name in NBA history, surpassing the Lakers’ 17 titles and claiming the top spot for the most championships won by a franchise.  The Celtics’ relentless pursuit of excellence culminated in a dominant performance that left no doubt about their status as the league’s premier team in the 2023-2024 season.

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