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Celtics Throttle Mavericks, Take Commanding 2-0 Finals Lead

The Boston Celtics are on a mission. In a thrilling display of teamwork, they edged out the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 on Sunday night, grabbing a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. This victory puts them a mere two wins away from their historic 18th championship title.

Jrue Holiday emerged as a scoring machine for Boston, racking up 26 points and 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum, despite a rough shooting night, orchestrated the offense with a whopping 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Jaylen Brown chipped in with 21 points and some clutch steals.

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But the true story of the game lies in Boston’s collective effort. Derrick White’s chase-down block on a potential Dallas dunk epitomized their defensive tenacity. Even Peyton Pritchard, with just one basket the entire game, delivered a buzzer-beating half-courter that sent the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy.

This win was a resounding response to Mavericks coach Jason Kidd’s attempt to stir the pot. Kidd, in a pre-game tactic, declared Brown the superior player to Tatum. The Celtics, however, proved that their strength lies in their unified approach, not individual stardom.

Celtics Shut Down Star in Fourth

While Luka Doncic put up a valiant effort for Dallas, with the first-ever Finals triple-double in franchise history (32 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists), it wasn’t enough. The Celtics stifled him in the crucial fourth quarter, limiting him to just three points.

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The pressure now shifts to Dallas. They desperately need to win at least one game on their home court to avoid a sweep and extend the series. Boston, undefeated on the road in the playoffs so far, will be looking to continue their dominance.

This series is shaping up to be a classic. The Celtics, with their balanced attack and suffocating defense, are a force to be reckoned with. The Mavericks, led by the ever-dangerous Doncic, are far from out. The atmosphere is electric, with Boston fans already dreaming of another championship banner, while Dallas fights to stay alive. Buckle up, basketball fans, because the best is yet to come.

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