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Boston Celtics Take Commanding 2-0 Lead in NBA Finals after Game 2 win over Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics have secured a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals after defeating the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Led by guard Jrue Holiday’s impressive performance of 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting, the Celtics overcame a strong start by Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who scored 15 points in the first quarter to give Dallas a 28-25 lead.

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Despite struggling offensively early on, the Celtics found their rhythm in the second quarter, taking a slim 54-51 lead at halftime. The third quarter saw Jayson Tatum take over, scoring six points in the first half of the quarter and sparking a 10-0 run that gave Boston its largest lead of the game.


Payton Pritchard’s buzzer-beater three-pointer at the end of the third quarter extended the Celtics’ lead to 84-73 heading into the final period. Although Boston struggled from beyond the arc, Derrick White’s timely three-pointer pushed the lead to 103-89 with just over three minutes remaining.

The Mavericks made a late push, led by Doncic’s triple-double performance of 32 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. Dallas went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to five with just over a minute left, but Jaylen Brown’s driving layup sealed the game for the Celtics.

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Jrue Holiday expressed satisfaction with the series lead but emphasized that the series is far from over, stating, “Whatever it takes, as long as it takes.”


Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 8:30 p.m. ET, where the Mavericks will look to bounce back and even the series.

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