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Mighty Boston Celtics end 16-year title drought, dominate Dallas for NBA-record banner No. 18

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Mighty Boston Celtics end 16-year title drought, dominate Dallas for NBA-record banner No. 18

Reuters

Sixteen years to the day of their last NBA championship, the mighty Boston Celtics earn a new league record 18th title off a Game 5 domination of the Dallas Mavericks

MANILA, Philippines – For the 18th time in NBA history and only the second in 38 years, the Boston Celtics are calling themselves champions following a finals Game 5 domination of the Dallas Mavericks, 106-88, at their rocking TD Garden home floor on Monday, June 17 (Tuesday, June 18, Manila time).

Jayson Tatum capped off a stellar five-game run of all-around skills with 30 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds, while longtime partner-in-crime Jaylen Brown tallied 21 points, 8 boards, 6 dimes, and 2 steals, winning his first career Finals MVP award in the process.

Now two-time champion Jrue Holiday chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists as 38-year-old fellow veteran Al Horford ended a 17-year title search with 9 points and 9 boards.

Season MVP runner-up Luka Doncic labored his way to a 28-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist line on 12-of-25 shooting and 2-of-9 from three, while former Celtics star Kyrie Irving likewise sunk anew with 15 points on a 5-of-16 clip.

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FOURTH QUARTER
  • BOSTON 106-88: Jaden Hardy step back jumper
  • BOSTON 106-86: Boston also empties its bench as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, and Al Horford get standing ovations with 1:21 left
  • BOSTON 106-86: Jaden Hardy splits from the line
  • BOSTON 106-85: Dallas waves the white flag, coach Jason Kidd pulls out his starting five with 2:35 left
  • BOSTON 106-85: PJ Washington easy two
  • BOSTON 106-83: Kyrie Irving hits a stepback three
  • BOSTON 106-80: Jaylen Brown scores 2/2 free throws
  • BOSTON 104-80: Jayson Tatum gets two from the line, Luka Doncic quick two
  • BOSTON 102-78: Jayson Tatum scores inside anew. Timeout Dallas with 4:39 left.
  • BOSTON 100-78: Jayson Tatum scores inside
  • BOSTON 98-78: Jaylen Brown 2/2 from the line, Luka Doncic responds from deep
  • BOSTON 96-75: Jayson Tatum rattles in a mid-range fader
  • BOSTON 94-75: Kyrie Irving sinks a corner three
  • BOSTON 94-72: Jayson Tatum converts the and-one
  • BOSTON 91-72: Luka Doncic easy two
  • BOSTON 91-70: Derrick White responds quickly from downtown
  • BOSTON 88-70: Luka Doncic finally hits a three, his first in 7 attempts (2 of last 21)
  • BOSTON 88-67: Kristaps Porzingis dunks one down to snap a 3-minute scoring drought from both teams. Timeout Dallas with 9:08 left
THIRD QUARTER
  • END OF THIRD QUARTER: The Boston Celtics come within 12 minutes of their 18th NBA championship as they continue to hold back the Dallas Mavericks, 86-67
  • BOSTON 86-67: Luka Doncic for two
  • BOSTON 86-65: Jaylen Brown hits from mid
  • BOSTON 84-65: Sam Hauser goes mid-range for two
  • BOSTON 82-65: Dante Exum splits from the line
  • BOSTON 82-64: Luka Doncic easy layup. Timeout Boston with 4:05 left.
  • BOSTON 82-62: Jayson Tatum 2/2 from the line
  • BOSTON 80-62: Luka Doncic converts the and-one
  • BOSTON 80-59: Jrue Holiday hits a mid-range jumper
  • BOSTON 78-59: Josh Green hits his 4th three in 4 attempts
  • BOSTON 78-56: Kyrie Irving swishes a turnaround jumper
  • BOSTON 78-54: Josh Green puts back Luka Doncic’s miss inside
  • BOSTON 78-52: Jrue Holiday easy two. Timeout Dallas with 9:10 left.
  • BOSTON 76-52: Al Horford splits from the line
  • BOSTON 75-52: Kyrie Irving 2/2 from the line
  • BOSTON 75-50: Al Horford joins the three-ball party
  • BOSTON 72-50: Daniel Gafford hook shot
  • BOSTON 72-48: Derrick White steps back for three
  • BOSTON 69-48: Jayson Tatum scores two off the Jrue Holiday feed
  • BOSTON 67-48: Luka Doncic sinks a fadeaway
SECOND QUARTER
  • END OF SECOND QUARTER: Payton Pritchard sinks a halfcourt heave to cap off Boston’s blistering second quarter over Dallas, 67-46
  • BOSTON 64-46: Luka Doncic putting fires out with an and-one finish, misses the free throw
  • BOSTON 64-44: Jayson Tatum steps back for three and the 20-point lead
  • BOSTON 60-44: Luka Doncic sinks two
  • BOSTON 60-42: Derrick White drills a corner three for the 12-3 run
  • BOSTON 57-42: Jaylen Brown drills a three off Jayson Tatum’s 9th assist
  • BOSTON 54-42: Josh Green goes 3/3 from three
  • BOSTON 54-39: Jaylen Brown quick two
  • BOSTON 52-39: Jrue Holiday scores off Jayson Tatum’s 8th assist
  • BOSTON 50-39: Al Horford barrels inside and scores two
  • BOSTON 48-39: Derrick Jones, Jr. fastbreak layup. Timeout Boston with 4:53 left
  • BOSTON 48-37: PJ Washington gets his first field goal
  • BOSTON 48-35: Jayson Tatum loses his defender on the hesitation and sinks a layup
  • BOSTON 46-35: Daniel Gafford dunks off the Kyrie Irving feed
  • BOSTON 46-33: Daniel Gafford dunks off the alley-oop pass from PJ Washington
  • BOSTON 46-31: Jayson Tatum converts the and-one finish
  • BOSTON 43-31: Derrick Jones, Jr. splits from the line
  • BOSTON 43-30: Jayson Tatum scores off the glass
  • BOSTON 41-30: Derrick Jones, Jr. scores three more
  • BOSTON 41-27: Jrue Holiday quick response from deep
  • BOSTON 38-27: Kyrie Irving scores from downtown
  • BOSTON 38-24: Jayson Tatum 2/2 from the line
  • BOSTON 36-24: Maxi Kleber spins and scores inside
  • BOSTON 36-22: Kristaps Porzingis takes advantage of the mismatch, sinks a short hook
  • BOSTON 34-22: Jaylen Brown swishes a corner three
  • BOSTON 31-22: Kyrie Irving finally hits his first field goal off a circus shot
  • BOSTON 31-20: Sam Hauser rattles in his second three
  • BOSTON 28-20: Derrick Jones, Jr. sinks a layup
FIRST QUARTER
  • END OF FIRST QUARTER: Boston goes on a quick 9-0 finish to mount a 28-18 lead over Dallas
  • BOSTON 28-18: Jayson Tatum steals and scores for the 9-0 run
  • BOSTON 26-18: Jaylen Brown easy layup on the break
  • BOSTON 24-18: Sam Hauser drills a three
  • BOSTON 21-18: Jaylen Brown dunks it down
  • BOSTON 19-18: Dante Exum quick response for three
  • BOSTON 19-15: Jayson Tatum gets his first field goal
  • BOSTON 17-15: Kristaps Porzingis splits at the line
  • BOSTON 16-15: Luka Doncic swishes a fadeaway mid-range jumper
  • BOSTON 16-13: Dereck Lively II hammers the alley-oop jam from Kyrie Irving. Timeout Boston with 3:56 left
  • BOSTON 16-11: Derrick White sinks a three off a jump ball
  • BOSTON 13-11: Josh Green sinks back-to-back threes from the same spot
  • BOSTON 13-8: Josh Green sinks a three
  • BOSTON 13-5: Jaylen Brown banking layup
  • BOSTON 11-5: Derrick White 2/2 from the line
  • BOSTON 9-5: Kristaps Porzingis checks in for the first time after missing Game 4 with 6:49 left
  • BOSTON 9-5: Luka Doncic scores off the fake inside, plus the foul, makes the bonus FT
  • BOSTON 9-2: Al Horford drills an open three. Timeout Dallas with 7:26 left
  • BOSTON 6-2: Jrue Holiday sinks a fastbreak layup
  • BOSTON 4-2: Derrick Jones, Jr. converts the alley-oop jam from Luka Doncic
  • BOSTON 4-0: Jrue Holiday back-to-back layups
  • BOSTON 2-0: Jrue Holiday sinks a layup
  • BOSTON STARTERS: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Derrick White, Jrue Holiday
  • DALLAS STARTERS: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Daniel Gafford, PJ Washington, Derrick Jones, Jr.
Preview

With their backs against the wall, the Dallas Mavericks continue to hope for a miracle in the 2024 NBA Finals as they try to stave off another title-winning attempt by the mighty Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Monday, June 17 (Tuesday, June 18, Manila time).

Season MVP runner-up Luka Doncic is again expected to weave his magic ways against all odds, while waiting for his veteran running mate Kyrie Irving to finally pick up steam after a lackluster first three games, which the underdog Mavericks all lost to incur a seemingly insurmountable 0-3 deficit.

Role players like big men Daniel Gafford and rookie Dereck Lively II, wings PJ Washington and Derrick Jones, Jr., and guards Josh Green and Tim Hardaway, Jr., need to provide extensive support to keep the Mavericks’ heads just above water.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are keen to brush off a horrendous 122-84 Game 4 beatdown loss and win their league-record 18th championship in front of their Boston home fans.

Top stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown – neck-and-neck favorites for Finals MVP should the Celtics finally end the series – are again tabbed to take charge with the finals all but over in their favor, as defensive aces Derrick White and champion Jrue Holiday round out Boston’s two-way efforts.

Big men Al Horford and the hobbling Kristaps Porzingis, meanwhile, are expected to be the Celtics’ x-factors anew in what they hope to be a definitive end to the Mavericks’ dying title hopes.

Will the Mavericks leap over massive roadblocks in Boston and bring the series back to Dallas for Game 6 or will the Celtics complete the so-called “gentleman’s sweep” to end a 16-year title drought?

Tip-off is at 8:30 am, Manila time. – Rappler.com

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