Published 2024-06-09
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The Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 105-98, in Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV, to take a 2-0 series lead. Jrue Holiday led the Celtics with 26 points (11-14 FG), 11 rebounds and 0 turnovers, while Jaylen Brown added 21 points and 7 assists. Jayson Tatum (18 points on 6-22 FG, 12 assists, 9 rebounds) and Derrick White (18 points, 5 rebounds) totaled 36 points for Boston. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while P.J. Washington (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (16 points, 6 assists) totaled 33 points.

This marks the ninth straight win this postseason for Boston and the first time in this year’s Playoffs the Mavericks have lost back-to-back games.

Game 3 will take place in Dallas on Wednesday, June 12 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN).

Game Notables
* With the Game 2 victory, Boston has now extended their postseason franchise-best win streak to 9 consecutive games. They are just the twelfth team to win 9 or more consecutive games in a single postseason. Most recently: 2021 Phoenix Suns

* With his performance tonight, Jrue Holiday (26 PTS, 11 REB, 78.6 FG%) becomes just the 9th player to record a 25+ PTS, 10+ REB, and 75.0+ FG% performance in an NBA Finals game.

* It’s just the eleventh such game overall and only the third in the last 20 NBA Finals (since 2005), along with Nikola Jokic (2023 NBA Finals) and Anthony Davis (2020 NBA Finals).
* He's the ONLY PLAYER To have such a line in the Finals w/ 0 turnovers.

* Tonight’s performance marks the seventh triple-double of the 2024 Playoffs for Luka Doncic, tying him with Wilt Chamberlain for second most in a single postseason run:
* Nikola Jokic – 10 (2023 Playoffs)
* Wilt Chamberlain – 7 (1967 Playoffs); Luka Doncic – 7 (2024 Playoffs)
* Draymond Green – 6 (2019 Playoffs); Magic Johnson – 6 (1982 Playoffs)

* In tonight’s game Luka Doncic recorded the 10th triple-double of his career, tying him with three others for the sixth most Triple-Doubles in NBA Playoff history.
* Magic Johnson – 30
* LeBron James – 28
* Nikola Jokic – 18
* Russell Westbrook – 12
* Jason Kidd – 11
* Larry Bird; Draymond Green; Rajon Rondo; Luka Doncic – 10
* Wilt Chamberlain – 9

All Comments (21)
  • @mrpogz
    If you can't beat the Celtics missing 29 threes, you're in big trouble... 🤣🤣
  • Welp Kyrie did say he'd help bring Boston another championship. He's off to a great start this series 😂😂😂😂
  • @Yankeefann
    Tatum doesn’t have to take over he understands it’s a team effort and that why the Celtics are so good they play with chemistry and understand they need each other. ☘️
  • @bradford9917
    It ain’t over until it’s over.Respect to the Celtics they are a good team.
  • @blondecai171
    That Pritchard buzzer beater was unreal. What’s crazier is that’s his FIRST POINTS in this finals.
  • @draco7841
    Kidd after game 2: Holiday is their best player
  • Despite missing 29 threes, the Celtics are a big problem for the Mavs . Their team chemistry is so beautiful to watch!!
  • @Versace2x
    Where’s all the people that said Mavs in 5? 😂😂😂
  • Holiday is the perfect teammate. Does the unnoticed things when needed, but can score 23 when needed and hits his open jumpers. His defense and offense are amazing. Perfect teammate
  • @Joswag
    There’s really about to be a five way tie for Finals MVP 😭
    Tatum is doing his fucking thing with the playmaking, picking up on his bad offense, something he couldn’t do two years ago, so satisfying to see this team back in the finals
  • Are we gonna ignore the fact that Jrue Holiday is on the verge of winning another championship in the same season in which he was traded to a good team! His contributions on the Bucks and this Celtics run will always be Crucial! Dude was underrated on defense a few years ago on the Pelicans but now after the Bucks and Celtics tenure he has been underrated on his offensive skills and clutch plays💯
  • @kingquestOZ
    Jaylen Brown defense on Luka and Kyrie has been ferocious
  • @SixOneSe7en
    It makes me proud that the celts really found their team. It suck’s we had to give away smart, but sometimes that’s what you gotta do. These role players and this whole team are fucking elite.
  • @AlexSadof
    Pritchard will always have that shot on his resume of life. A buzzer beating 38 footer to end a quarter in the NBA Finals. He'll remember that story in his 70's.
  • Milwaukee fan here Glad to see Jrue found his place on this team, love that guy, go get yourself another ring brother.
  • People fail to realize how good this Bostom team is. Celtics have 6 players who can Score 20 and play top tier individual defense. Dallas does not have that. This Celtics team has been built and battle tested for this exact moment. This is how you draft and develop a team into a Champion!
  • @AGoodVibe
    Mavs fan here. Major props to Boston. I’m particularly impressed by their defense and how they can move the ball around. The series definitely feels over, Boston seems the better team fair and square. Sad for Luka, he deserves a ring
  • What I love about our Celtics team is we have weapons in every corner. I love that we have such good chemistry. Almost reminds me of the old school playoffs from the late 90s early 00s. Such fun basketball to watch.