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Celtics run away from Mavericks, secure a record 18th NBA championship

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics saw 16 years of accumulated playoff pressure lifted in one glorious instant.

For the first four games of the NBA Finals, the Celtics couldn't dial in their three-point offense. Open shots rimmed off; contested shots completely missed the rim. But shortly before halftime of Monday's Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks, back-up guard Payton Pritchard pulled up from behind midcourt and swished in a buzzer-beating heave.

Pritchard had made little impact in the series, save for a similar heave in Game 2. When he stepped into his latest prayer, the TD Garden crowd rose in anticipation and then roared its approval. The Celtics, certain now that the night and season belonged to them, ran away from the Mavericks with a 106-88 victory to secure their record-setting 18th championship, breaking a tie with the Lakers, their chief rival. The title is Boston's first since 2008 following Finals losses in 2010 and 2022. Jaylen Brown was named Finals MVP.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2024/06/17/celtics-mavericks-nba-finals/

 

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