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Boston Celtics wins their 18th Championship



In a resounding display of dominance, the Boston Celtics secured their 18th NBA title with a commanding 106-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. This historic win allowed the Celtics to surpass the Los Angeles Lakers in the most championships in NBA history.

The Celtics, now boasting an 18-5 record in NBA Finals history, were led by the stellar performances of All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The dynamic duo combined for 52 points, 16 rebounds, and 17 assists. Brown’s outstanding contribution earned him the Finals MVP honors.


Tatum and Porzingis Night

Reflecting on the journey, Tatum shared, “These last seven years have been a roller coaster. Up and down. I had to listen to all the shit people said about me. Tonight was worth it.”

Boston’s victory was comprehensive; the team never trailed after securing a 21-point lead at halftime. This win was especially sweet following a crushing 38-point defeat in Game 4 in Dallas. Veteran guard Jrue Holiday was instrumental, contributing a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while also applying relentless defensive pressure on Dallas’ star players Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Kristaps Porzingis, returning from a two-game injury absence, added five points in a limited role, emphasizing his commitment to the team’s success. “How could I miss this game?” he exclaimed post-victory.

At 35, head coach Joe Mazzulla became the youngest to win a championship since Bill Russell in 1969. “We celebrate. Then we can breathe for a minute. Then we get ready to make another push,” Brown said.

Despite Luka Doncic’s valiant effort, scoring 28 points along with 12 rebounds and five assists, the Mavericks fell short. The team struggled offensively, failing to break the 100-point mark in all four losses and shooting just 11-of-37 from three-point range in Game 5.

As the Celtics bask in their triumph, fans and analysts alike are already looking ahead to the NBA odds for next season, speculating if Boston can continue their winning legacy.

Boston Celebration



Brad Stevens prefers to operate in the shadows while the spotlight shines on others. The Celtics’ president of basketball operations, upon receiving the 2023-24 NBA Executive of the Year award, said, “This recognition has everything to do with the team and nothing to do with any one individual.”

Stevens deserves credit for constructing a championship team that dominated this season. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with eight All-Star selections and four All-NBA team nods between them, were pivotal. Brown’s Finals MVP honor underscores his contribution.

However, it was the supporting cast that fortified the Celtics’ strengths. Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Kristaps Porzingis, and Al Horford provided stellar two-way play and unrelenting intensity. Their contributions were crucial, and the Celtics likely wouldn’t have lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy without them.

Stevens, in his first move as president in June 2021, brought back Horford from Oklahoma City. Horford became a defensive stalwart, especially excelling in key moments during the Finals. Stevens also traded for White, who epitomizes the Celtics’ defensive identity and selflessness.

The acquisition of Porzingis in a massive three-team trade added a versatile big man, and trading for Holiday brought in one of the league’s best defenders. These moves shaped a team that ultimately fulfilled its championship aspirations.

As the Celtics celebrate their triumph, fans and analysts are already looking at the NBA future lines for next season, wondering if Stevens’ masterful team-building will lead to another championship run.