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Celtics on the Brink After Tense Game 3 Victory

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The Boston Celtics took a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t without a heart-stopping detour. For a tense stretch in the fourth quarter, it seemed the ghosts of Boston’s past might return to haunt them.

Trailing by a seemingly insurmountable 21 points with just 10 minutes remaining, the Dallas Mavericks roared back to life with a furious 22-2 run. The Celtics, who had dominated most of the game, suddenly found themselves clinging to a precarious lead, the championship suddenly feeling much further away.

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But just when despair threatened to set in, the Celtics showed the resilience that has carried them throughout the playoffs. They clamped down defensively, holding the Mavericks to a single field goal over a crucial five-minute stretch. The tide turned back in Boston’s favor, and they eventually emerged victorious 106-99.

“Experience is the best teacher,” said Jaylen Brown, who put in a monster performance with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. His words echoed the sentiment of many Celtics fans who have watched their team struggle with close games in the past. “This is a new team,” Brown continued, “We’ve learned from those experiences… We stepped up to the plate, and we found a way to win.”

Celtics Depth Emerges as Tatum Bounces Back

The win was a testament to Boston’s depth. With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined with an injury, players like Xavier Tillman and Sam Hauser stepped up and made key contributions. The Celtics also got a much-needed bounce-back performance from Jayson Tatum, who scored 31 points after a disappointing outing in Game 2.

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Now, the Celtics stand just one win away from their record-tying 18th NBA championship. However, they’re well aware that the job isn’t finished. Memories of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, where they found themselves down 0-3 before battling back to force a Game 7, are still fresh.

“We are not relaxing or anything like that,” said Tatum. “You know, not even focusing on winning or Friday or whatever. However long it takes, that’s our motto.” The Celtics know they can’t afford to get complacent, but their poise under pressure in Game 3 suggests they’re ready to close out the series and etch their names in NBA history.

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